July 9, 2020

44th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Report of the Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity*

As stressed by Pope Francis once we start to think about the kind of world we are leaving to future generations, we look at things differently; we realize that the world is a gift that we have freely received and must share with others. (…) Intergenerational solidarity is not an optional, but rather a basic question of justice, since the world we have received from others also belongs to those who will follow us.

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July 9, 2020

44th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Internally Displaced Persons

The Holy See wishes to emphasize that as much as they are urgent and essential, international mechanisms and frameworks alone, however, will only be effective when we overcome the prejudices of a culture that continues to produce inequalities and leaves many people behind.

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July 8, 2020

78th Standing Committee – Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Program United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Statement on “Resettlement and Complementary Pathways”

Thus, at the specific urging of Pope Francis, the Holy See is “… committed to working with every responsible partner in a constructive dialogue aimed at proposing concrete solutions” to mass migration and refugee movements, …”with the goal of preserving human lives and dignity, alleviating suffering and advancing an authentic and integral development.

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July 8, 2020

78th Standing Committee – Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Program United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Statement on the “Note on International Protection”

The unprecedented situation that we live today sheds a renewed light on the interdependence and interconnectedness of people and between States. In this regard, the Holy See wishes to reiterate its urgent appeal for political and multilateral efforts to confront the root causes of large movements and forced displacement of populations.

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July 3, 2020

44th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education

“Education will be ineffective, and its efforts will be sterile if we do not also concern ourselves with implementing a new approach regarding human beings, life, society, and our relationship with nature. ”

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July 3, 2020

44th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children

The Holy See Delegation wishes to bring to light the tireless work of faith-based organizations, which is often risky and replete with challenges. Indeed, faith-based organizations, active at the community level, have long been on the frontlines to fight human trafficking, representing a beacon of hope for many. Faith-based organizations dedicate their work to prevention, rescue and rehabilitation of victims, by assisting them in their gradual reintegration into society and by providing psychological and spiritual assistance.

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July 2, 2020

67th Session of the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board

As recalled by Pope Francis: “ This is not a time for indifference, because the whole world is suffering and needs to be united in facing the pandemic.(…) May these, the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters living in the cities and peripheries of every part of the world, not be abandoned” .

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June 18, 2020

43rd Session of the Human Rights Council Urgent Debate on the “current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and the violence against peaceful protest”

Pope Francis has urged: “The time has come to put an end to age-old prejudices, preconceptions and mutual mistrust that are often at the base of discrimination, racism and xenophobia. No one must feel isolated, and no one is authorized to trample on the dignity and rights of others.”

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May 19, 2020

73rd World Health Assembly

By relaying the fervent hope of Pope Francis that the heightened research motivated by the COVID-19 pandemic will be conducted “in a transparent and disinterested way, in order to find vaccines and treatments and to guarantee universal access to essential technologies that will enable every infected person, in every part of the world, to receive the necessary health care.
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May 7, 2020

60th series of Meetings of the WIPO Assemblies

The Holy See recognizes the role of the protection system of intellectual property in promoting the literary, scientific or artistic production and, generally, the inventive activity for the sake of the “common good”.
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March 2, 2020

43rd Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

The Holy See notes “[t]he growing influence within the international Organizations of powers and interest groups that impose their own visions and ideas, sparking new forms of ideological colonization, often in disregard for the identity, dignity and sensitivities of peoples”. It is rather unfortunate, yet increasingly less surprising given its frequency, that a UN Report, which should defend the fundamental and universal human right of freedom of religion or belief as well as the right to conscientious objection, is now attacking the very reality it is called to defend.
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February 28, 2020

43rd Session of the Human Rights Council, Agenda Item 3 Promotion and Protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights, including the right to development Rights of persons with disabilities

The Special Rapporteur calls attention to a “close but conflictual” relationship between the perspectives of bioethics and the promotion of rights of persons with disabilities. On the other hand, my Delegation understands that both fields of activity should find a consistent foundation in the recognition of, and respect for, the inherent dignity of the human person. Pope Francis constantly encourages: “… respect for the integrity of the human being and health care from conception to natural death, considering the person in his/her singularity, always as an end and not as a means.
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February 26, 2020

43rd Session of the Human Rights Council-Item 2 Oral update by the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea

The Holy See reiterates that the Catholic Church, in accord with its own nature and universal mission, carries out charitable and social activities for the whole population, with a special attention to the most in need, without discrimination. Indeed, it pursues humanitarian and not political aims, seeking to offer its own contribution to the promotion of justice, peace, reconciliation and dialogue.
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February 14, 2020

“5th Geneva Interfaith Dialogue: Loving one’s Neighbor”

Pope Francis, in particular, has taken a strong position on the issue of nuclear weapons. In his recent visit to Nagasaki, a city full of symbolism in this regard, he recalled that “one of the deepest longings of the human heart is for security, peace and stability. The possession of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction is not the answer to this desire; indeed, they seem always to thwart it. Our world is marked by a perverse dichotomy that tries to defend and ensure stability and peace through a false sense of security sustained by a mentality of fear and mistrust, one that ends up poisoning relationships between peoples and obstructing any form of dialogue.” Indeed, how can we love one’s neighbor when over 1.8 trillion USD were spent on military expenses last year while a modest amount was allocated to humanitarian aid and projects for integral development?
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December 18, 2019

Global Refugee Forum – General debate on burden- and responsibility-sharing

In this regard, the Holy See would like to acknowledge the generosity and solidarity shown by countries that continue to welcome and host displaced persons, in spite of their own hardships, as an essential witness to the way forward: human fraternity. Moreover, the engagement of faith-based organizations and religious communities, which have an enduring presence in the field and are often the first to provide protection during emergencies, is a reminder of the crucial role that society plays in this effort.
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December 11, 2019

33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

The 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, a small but significant step in building mutual trust and fraternity among peoples, invites us to look anew at our shared humanity and common destiny. Regrettably, it has been proven, time and time again, that law by itself is not sufficient to eradicate conflicts and violence.
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November 29, 2019

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, to the President of the Fourth Review Conference of the Convention on Anti-Personnel Landmines.

Indeed, to the human failure that conflicts in themselves represent, anti- personnel landmines add a sense of fear that disrupts livelihoods, prevents reconciliation, peace and integral development. More than other weapons, anti- personnel landmines truly embody the conception that the other is an enemy. In this regard, I wish to repeat the call of Pope Francis and urge you to reject the temptation of viewing the other as merely an enemy to be destroyed, and not as a person endowed with inherent dignity.
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November 28, 2019

109th Session of the Council of the International Organization for Migration

Migration is a reality that from time immemorial “has helped to foster human relationships, to create new bonds of collaboration, to bolster the exchange of knowledge and cultural and economic enrichment, to compensate for labor and demographic shortages and to expand the outlook of people to see objectively an interconnected world.”
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November 19, 2019

THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION – TOWARDS A RENEWED COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION

On 19th November 2019, the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of the Order of Malta to the United Nations in Geneva, the Caritas in Veritate Foundation, the International Catholic Child Bureau (BICE), the International Organization for the Right to Education and Freedom of Education (OIDEL) and the International Office of Catholic Education (OIEC), organized a Special Event entitled “The Right to Education – Towards a Renewed Commitment to Education”, on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
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November 18, 2019

12th UNCTAD Debt Management Conference

The Holy See considers it essential that we find our way back to a global financial system that is built on firm ethical principles, accompanied by justice, truth, fairness and solidarity. Given the massiveness and pervasiveness of today’s economic-financial systems, great responsibility lies on the shoulders of those in charge of them. But civil society, policy-makers in developing countries and elsewhere, as well as community leaders, intellectuals and all those affected by the activities of powerful economic-financial agents, must work together to bring about such reforms.
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November 7, 2019

Geneva Peace Week “The role of religions in settling conflicts”

Religions have an important part in building a culture of encounter and peace based on mutual understanding in the search for the common good. For the Catholic Church, peacebuilding through active nonviolence is the natural and necessary complement to the Church’s its continuing efforts to limit the use of force by invoking moral norms. In many parts of the world, beginning with the Middle East, such an approach is much needed now to foster fully reconciled societies and to renew peaceful civil coexistence.
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October 9, 2019

70th Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Pope Francis frequently expresses his deep concern that “violent conflicts and all-out wars continue to tear humanity apart” and that “injustices and discrimination follow one upon the other.”
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October 4, 2019

59th Series of Meetings of the WIPO Assemblies, Agenda Item 20: Report on the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC)

The crucial role played by indigenous communities in relationship with their ancestral lands calls for a different model of development which takes into consideration the connection between the human person and the environment, a model which finds important elements in many indigenous customs and values. An eventual international legal instrument should guarantee the achievement of equitable economic participation of native populations in the benefits coming from the commercial exploitation of biological resources and the promotion of effective means of ensuring respect for the collective ownership of traditional knowledge. The ethical challenge is that of reconciling the various rights and interests at stake in such a way that the legitimate economic interest does not compromise higher values such as the social function of inventions and knowledge and the rights of the peoples from which the knowledge and resources originate.
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October 2, 2019

68th Executive Session of the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board

With honesty, responsibility and courage, the international community has to put the knowledge and talents “at the service of another type of progress, one which is healthier, more human, more social, more integral” (Laudato si’, 112), capable of placing economy at the service of the human person, of building peace and protecting the environment.
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October 2, 2019

59th Series of Meetings of the WIPO Assemblies, Agenda Item 15: Report on the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) (WO/GA/51/5)

The very nature of education seeks to build the foundations for peaceful dialogue and a better world, allowing every citizen to be an active protagonist for the common good of the human family.
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October 1, 2019

59th Series of Meetings of the WIPO Assemblies

If technological advancement is a cause of increasingly evident inequalities, then it should not be considered real progress. As recalled by Pope Francis “if mankind’s so-called technological progress were to become an enemy of the common good, this would lead to an unfortunate regression to a form of barbarism dictated by the law of the strongest”.
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September 20, 2019

Side Event on “Building peace and reconciliation through the creation of a Ministry of Peace”

Peace is the necessary condition for the construction of fraternal societies, just and respectful of the human dignity shared by all. “The desire for peace can never be satisfied by military means alone […] Peace must be built on justice, socio-economic development, freedom, respect for fundamental human rights, the participation of all in public affairs and the building of trust between peoples”.
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September 17, 2019

High-Level Side Event on the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together”

Pope Francis in his speech at the Global Conference of Human Fraternity said: “There is no alternative: either we will build the future together or there will be no future. Religions in particular cannot renounce the urgent task of building bridges between peoples and cultures. The time has come when religions should more actively exert themselves, with courage and audacity, and without pretense, to help the human family deepen the capacity for reconciliation, the vision of hope and the concrete paths of peace.”
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September 11, 2019

42nd Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Report of the Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all human rights by older persons

As Pope Francis noted, a “civilization will move forward if it knows how to respect wisdom, the wisdom of the elderly. In a civilization in which there is no room for the elderly or where they are thrown away because they create problems, this society carries with it the virus of death.”
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September 10, 2019

42nd Session of the Human Rights Council “Situation in Nicaragua”

The Holy See recommends that the different political and social stakeholders, with a renewed spirit of responsibility and reconciliation.
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September 9, 2019

42nd Session of the Human Rights Council at the Interactive Dialogue on Water and Sanitation

As rightly noted in the General Comment No. 15 of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) “water is a limited natural resource and a public good fundamental for life and health” and is “indispensable for leading a life in human dignity”.
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June 28, 2019

41st Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of internally displaced persons

While the primary responsibility to protect and assist IDPs under their jurisdiction lies with the State authorities, the Holy See often has urged shared responsibility to address the root causes of forced displacement. This requires courage and political will; bringing to an end conflicts which breed hatred, violence and revenge; striving for peace and reconciliation, including interreligious dialogue; and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
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June 27, 2019

41st Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking

As Pope Francis recently said: “Our times have witnessed a growth of individualism and egocentricity, attitudes that tend to regard others through a lens of cool utility, valuing them according to criteria of convenience and personal benefit”.
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June 27, 2019

41st Session of the Human Rights Item 3 – Clustered ID with Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights

The Holy See Delegation constantly has recommended the need to prudently and fairly regulate the economic activities of Transnational Corporations, in a manner that is inspired and guided by high ideals of fairness, solidarity and concern for the authentic development of the human family.
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June 26, 2019

41st Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education

Pope Francis recently recalled that “Teaching cannot be merely a trade, but is a mission”. Education, therefore, must not be considered a commodity, nor students and their families regarded as clients. “education is the right of everyone, including the poor”. Parents have the primary “right to educate their child according to their religious and moral beliefs, including dimensions of human love and related matters concerning the nature of sexuality, marriage and the family”.
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June 26, 2019

“Strengthening of the Coordination of Emergency Humanitarian Assistance of the United Nations”

The Holy See, according to its nature, has always raised its voice in defense of the dignity and fundamental rights of those who are experiencing humanitarian emergencies, especially with respect to, among many other things: providing physical protection, working with police and border control agents, facilitating access to justice and humanitarian aid, as well as housing, emergency health care, and education through local efforts and mediating tensions with host communities.
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May 27, 2019

“Promoting the health of refugees and migrants”, including Draft global action plan 2019-2023

With regard to the complex challenges of migration today, Pope Francis has called for a response “…less concerned with calculations, than with the need for an equitable distribution of responsibilities, an honest and sincere assessment of the alternatives and a prudent management. A just policy is one at the service of the person, of every person involved; a policy that provides for solutions that can ensure security, respect for the rights and dignity of all
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May 22, 2019

72nd World Health Assembly

The Holy See welcomes the sustained emphasis on universal health coverage, primary health care and health workforce as key components of the global drive to deliver better health for all. Since the Alma-Ata Declaration, the world has for over 40 years strived to achieve needed access to quality and affordable health care.
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May 21, 2019

“Promoting Peace Together”

“This fidelity to the spiritual impels the Pope – and consequently the Holy See – to show concern for the whole human family and its needs, including those of the material and social order. Nonetheless, the Holy See has no intention of interfering in the life of States; it seeks instead to be an attentive listener, sensitive to issues involving humanity, out of a sincere and humble desire to be at the service of every man and woman.”
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May 14, 2019

“Interreligious Cooperation for Peace and Human Development – Creating an Environment for Thriving Families”

The Report of the High-Level Panel represents a point of departure from which we could start to discuss remedies and correct the misalignments and policy incoherencies between the individual and corporate rights of inventors, innovators or manufacturers and broader human rights.
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May 1, 2019

Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development

The Delegation of the Holy See notes that any definition of development should meet the satisfaction of both material and non-material basic needs and considers it to be of paramount importance that human persons play an active role and fully participate in shaping their own reality. The Holy See also believes that the achievement of a degree of individual and collective self-reliance, as well as the respect for the principles of equality and non-discrimination, should be considered as essential parts of the development process. Such an approach could represent an effective answer to the dynamic nature of a right that can be relevant for both current and future challenges.
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April 29, 2019

Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development.

The Delegation of the Holy See notes that any definition of development should meet the satisfaction of both material and non-material basic needs and considers it to be of paramount importance that human persons play an active role and fully participate in shaping their own reality. The Holy See also believes that the achievement of a degree of individual and collective self-reliance, as well as the respect for the principles of equality and non-discrimination, should be considered as essential parts of the development process. Such an approach could represent an effective answer to the dynamic nature of a right that can be relevant for both current and future challenges.
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April 3, 2019

Intergovernmental Group of Experts on E-commerce and the Digital Economy.

“It is important that ethics once again play its due part in the world of finance and that markets serve the interests of peoples and the common good of humanity.”4 We look forward to this session and hope that the outcomes of this week will pave the way for a fairer and more inclusive system of trade.
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March 26, 2019

Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.

This growing awareness represents a change in the public perception, which is also a driving force behind the implementation and enforcement of IHL. While autonomous weapons systems may be considered “normal” in the statistical sense of the term and thus deemed acceptable, there are still behaviors that IHL prohibits, or that, although not explicitly prohibited, remain forbidden by the dictates of morality, by spiritual values, experience and soldierly virtues.
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March 5, 2019

Item 3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

As conveyed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, every person, “endowed with reason and conscience”, has the inherent right to express his/her highest dignity by seeking the truth and acting in conformity with it.
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March 4, 2019

Item 3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Issue of Human Rights Obligations Relating to the Enjoyment of a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment

The right to a healthy environment, at the national and the international levels, provides a compelling basis for a global recognition of the right to a healthy and sustainable environment. Such a common legal approach would give us a solid basis for implementing preventable measure against air pollution and for entailing large investments “to planning a sustainable and diversified agriculture, developing renewable and less polluting forms of energy, encouraging a more efficient use of energy, promoting a better management of marine and forest resources”.
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February 28, 2019

Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Foreign Debt

The Permanent Mission of the Holy See welcomes that the report acknowledges the role played by fiscal policy in achieving equality, tackling discrimination, and strengthening governance and accountability. Fiscal and monetary policies, indeed, represent powerful means for redistributing wealth and funding development. In this spirit, tackling tax evasion and avoidance, ensuring a progressive tax system, reprioritizing tax expenditures according to situations of social vulnerability, should be top priorities on the Governments’ political agenda.
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February 25, 2019

RETHINKING LABOUR AND THE FUTURE OF WORK – AN INTERRELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVE

International Labour Organization (ILO), the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, the Permanent Delegation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, the World Council of Churches, the Caritas in Veritate Foundation, and the Project “The future of work, labour after Laudato Si” organized a Special Event in the context of the commemoration of the Centenary of the ILO on the following theme: “Rethinking Labour and the Future of Work – An Interreligious Perspective”.
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February 25, 2019

Statement by His Excellency Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher Secretary for “Rethinking Labour and the Future of Work – An Interreligious Perspective”

All the teaching on labour expounded by the Catholic Church came from the principle that the human person should always be at the centre of every political, economic, social, and individual decision. Recognizing the centrality of the human person means restoring dignity to work and production processes. Human dignity, far from being an abstract concept, should always be at the core of the political agendas, enabling everyone to realize and fulfil his or her aspirations and talents
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February 25, 2019

Statement by His Excellency Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher Secretary for Relations with States at the High-Level Segment of the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council

The concept of the centrality of the human person has emerged through the history and the conscience of the peoples of the world constituting the foundation of the corpus of human rights instruments that the international community has elaborated in this last century. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “a true milestone on the path of humanity’s moral progress”,1 recognizes and affirms that fundamental human rights stem from the inherent dignity and worth of the human person and, therefore, they apply to every stage of life and in every situation
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February 12, 2019

“4th Geneva Interfaith Dialogue: Global Solidarity and Welcoming the Stranger”

The theme chosen this year, ‘welcoming the stranger’ is of central importance for the Holy See. Throughout history, humanity has been characterized by a fragile distinction between “them” and “us”. The concern for those who are excluded and marginalized is always at the core of the Holy See’s diplomatic actions. Pope Francis has said that we are living in “a time of fear before the vast dimensions of globalization: fears that are often focused on the stranger, on he who is different, poor… as if he were an enemy.”
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January 30, 2019

144th Meeting of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization Agenda Item: 6.4 – “Promoting the health of refugees and migrants”, including Draft global action plan, 2019-2023

The Holy See urges that the proposed Plan of Action acknowledge the need to engage a wide range of stakeholders in efforts to advance health promotion among refugees and migrants. While the engagement of Member States is essential to these efforts, many civil society organizations and faith-based organizations can and should be engaged in the complex and multi-faceted actions that will be required to accomplish this goal.
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January 28, 2019

144th Meeting of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization Agenda Item: 5.5 – “Universal Health Coverage”

The Holy See affirms the call to mobilize all stakeholders to take joint action to build stronger and sustainable primary health care towards achieving universal health coverage.
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December 10, 2018

LA DIPLOMAZIA DELLA SANTA SEDE E I DIRITTI DELL’UOMO

L’effettiva protezione del diritto alla vita è il prerequisito per il godimento di tutti gli altri diritti umani. Pertanto, il diritto alla vita richiede un impegno nel sostenere la vita, dal concepimento alla morte naturale. In tutti i suoi interventi presso le Nazioni Unite e le altre organizzazioni internazionali, la Santa Sede sostiene i principi originali della Carta delle Nazioni Unite e della Dichiarazione Universale, mantenendo la concezione antropologica dell’essere umano inteso come individuo in relazione costruttiva con altri essere umani, condividendo la stessa dignità dal concepimento fino alla morte naturale.
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December 10, 2018

"Interview on the Global Compact on Migration"

As the Vatican delegation prepares to arrive at a UN global summit on migration set to take place in Morocco this week, one of Rome’s major players on the UN scene told Crux the proposed agreement is basically good news for the Church’s concerns even if certain “tensions” remain.
https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2018/12/vatican-envoy-urges-media-to-end-cherry-picking-migration-news/

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December 6, 2018

“Universal Access to Medicines – Ethical Reflections on Ending Pediatric HIV”.

Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva and the Caritas in Veritate Foundation organized the launching of the publication on “Universal Access to Medicines – Ethical Reflections on Ending Pediatric HIV“ in conjunction with the “High-Level Dialogue to Scale Up Diagnosis and Treatment of Peadiatric HIV” convened by His Eminence, Cardinal Peter Kodwoh Appiah Turkson at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
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December 3, 2018

70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on “Dignity of Life”

The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Order of Malta to the United Nations in Geneva, the Caritas in Veritate Foundation, the International Catholic Child Bureau, the Vatican Pontifical Academy for Life and the European Centre for Law and Justice organized a Special Event at the United Nations in commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), on the theme: “70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – Dignity of Life”. A booklet entitled “Right to Life and Human Dignity” was distributed to all participants.
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November 28, 2018

2018 Meeting of the States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Landmines Convention

In this regard, it is encouraging that States that are not yet party to the Convention are joining its spirit. This Delegation welcomes the initial and symbolic efforts of joint mine removal projects in the Joint Security Area in the Korean Peninsula, which could serve as a testimony that security is better achieved through dialogue, trust-building, and disarmament.
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November 28, 2018

109th Session of the Council of the International Organization for Migration

It is also from this perspective that the Holy See tries “to help understand and deal with this complex phenomenon. It has done so with sincere concern for the people involved and with respect to States who are primarily responsible for welcoming them, in a spirit of openness, responsibility and collaboration.
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November 22, 2018

Meeting of High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects (CCW)

The Holy See hopes that the flexibility of the CCW can lead to effective improvements of the protection of civilian and combatants through further developments in IHL, fully considering the nature of “modern armed conflicts and the physical, moral and spiritual suffering that accompany them.
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November 7, 2018

Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Financing for Development

The role of UNCTAD in helping developing countries to attain such long-term debt sustainability has been of great importance and will remain indispensable for the foreseeable future. The Delegation of the Holy See calls upon UNCTAD, and the international community, to take seriously its responsibility to advance a development-friendly international economic environment within which developing countries can make use of external debt in productive ways that help protect the well-being of its citizens.
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October 19, 2018

Global Compact on Refugees

The New York Declaration on Migrants and Refugees of 19 September 2016, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, set the international community on a journey to achieving greater global solidarity with refugees and with host communities. To accomplish, as the Declaration states, “a more equitable sharing of the burden and responsibility to be better able to protect and assist refugees and to support the host States and communities involved” is a task that surpasses the good will of any single country and calls for flexibility, coherence and cooperation among the members of the family of nations.
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October 18, 2018

Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Respect to Human Rights Item 4-Preamble

Political decisions, social responsibility on the part of the business community and criteria governing investments, all of these must be guided by the pursuit of the long-term common good and concrete solidarity among generations. As recalled by Pope Francis “an interdependent world is calling us to devise and implement a long-term common project that invests today in order to build for tomorrow.
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October 17, 2018

Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Respect to Human Rights. Legal Liability – Item 5

The Delegation of the Holy See would like to recall that our efforts during this first session should be devoted “not only to create ‘ethical’ sectors or segments of the economy or the world of finance, but to ensure that the whole economy — the whole of finance — is ethical, not merely by virtue of an external label, but by its respect for requirements intrinsic to its very nature”.
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October 15, 2018

Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Respect to Human Rights. Item 4-General Statement

The Delegation of the Holy See is aware that the challenges of business and human rights demand a negotiation with a constructive and positive approach. Our ultimate goal is the achievement of a balanced and effective instrument, which could represent an effective tool for all the parties involved.
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October 3, 2018

69th Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The Holy See Delegation wishes to recall that it is incumbent upon all of us to address the root causes of forced displacement. This requires courage and political will, bringing to an end conflicts which breed hatred and violence, and striving for peace, reconciliation and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. Forced displacement is not just a matter of “bad luck”; more often than not, it is the result of political decisions. Ultimately, the most comprehensive and sound way to achieve durable solutions, and to realize the dream of every refugee, is to ensure the rights of all to live in their countries of origin, and to thrive in dignity, peace, and security.
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September 24, 2018

Santa Sede: no ad armi autonome letali. Vita non può essere affidata ad algoritmi

Cresce la preoccupazione nel mondo per lo sviluppo e l’impiego di armi autonome letali, ma segna il passo il negoziato internazionale avviato tra i Paesi firmatari della Convenzione Onu sulle armi convenzionali (Ccw). Intervista con mons. Ivan Jurkovič, osservatore permanente della Santa Sede presso le Nazioni Unite ed altre organizzazioni internazionali a Ginevra.
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September 24, 2018

58th Series of Meetings of the WIPO Assemblies

The effort to develop “intelligent machines” must be continuously directed to the greater good, reducing the poverty gap and facing general needs for health, education, happiness and sustainability. Unless it is carefully directed to the public good, AI may soon become a source of concern both for the economy and for the very stability of society. As Pope Francis remarked: “artificial intelligence, robotics and other technological innovations must be so employed that they contribute to the service of humanity and to the protection of our common home, rather than to the contrary, as some assessments unfortunately foresee”.
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September 14, 2018

39th Session of the Human Rights Council Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ITEM 3 – General Debate

Young people, nowadays more than ever, “dream of safety, stability, fulfilment” and they wish to affirm the inherent dignity of work, to participate actively in shaping their future, and that of society as a whole. However, the world economy, although growing, is not able to create enough quality jobs for young people. This phenomenon occurs as much in emerging as in developed countries. Young women are the most vulnerable, often becoming victims of different forms of exploitation, unjust working conditions and inadequate levels of remuneration.
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September 12, 2018

39th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development

“Integral human development and the full exercise of human dignity cannot be imposed.” Disadvantaged and marginalized individuals and groups must be enabled to participate in decision-making mechanisms as dignified agents of their own destiny. This participatory approach will be successful only if it respects the principle of subsidiarity. States and multilateral agencies must reach out to all segments of society, in a “right relationship with all those areas in which human social life develops – friends, communities, towns and cities, schools, business and unions, provinces and nations”.
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September 10, 2018

Interactive Dialogue on Water and Sanitation – Item 3 39th Session of the Human Rights Council

The phenomena of global interconnection and interdependency highlight how no individual State can cope with all present and future challenges we have to face, from migration to climate change. In this regard, it must be stressed that water is a precious resource to which every human being has a basic and inalienable right, as well as a responsibility not to waste.The phenomena of global interconnection and interdependency highlight how no individual State can cope with all present and future challenges we have to face, from migration to climate change. In this regard, it must be stressed that water is a precious resource to which every human being has a basic and inalienable right, as well as a responsibility not to waste. Thus, it is wise for there to be an integration of migration issues in the consideration of any water governance framework and, reciprocally, a consideration of water management issues within any migration governance framework.
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August 27, 2018

2018 Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)

Only through a strong ethical/legal perspective, which takes full consideration of IHL rules and principles, can we proceed to analyze the potential functions and technological aspects in order to clarify which kind of systems are not allowed. This approach to the issue of characterization through an indirect search for the definition of the systems under consideration could allow us to identify, including a priori, the systems that we cannot accept because of their functions, based on an ethical and legal common framework. Ultimately, respecting this legal/ethical starting point is also a way to ensure the respect for the political authority and its human content and meaning.
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July 4, 2018

Sixth Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees Program of Action – Part III.B “Areas in need of support”

The Holy See Delegation insists once again on the importance of keeping a holistic and integrated approach, with a focus on the centrality of the human person, truly capable of improving lives of millions of refugees and host communities alike. In this regard, we appreciate the emphasis on education, health, and the promotion of decent work.
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July 3, 2018

Part I “Introduction” and Part II “Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework”

The Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) is not intended to serve as a legally binding instrument, it contains action-oriented commitments and arrangements that can be considered as morally binding on the international community as a whole. The Delegation of the Holy See wishes to stress once again the importance for the GCR to be firmly centered on the human person, urging that the dignity of each and every human person and his/her fundamental human rights should guide and underpin all aspects of the Program of Action.
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June 28, 2018

Agenda Item 17 – Exchange of views on “Gender mainstreaming at IOM: Concrete achievements and identified gaps”

The Holy See is convinced that equality of men and women, and therefore the equality of their fundamental human rights, is rooted in the inviolable dignity of the human person. This essential principle of equality also stands as the foundation for properly understanding the beauty of complementarity and the reciprocal interdependence between men and women. A focus on “gender equality”, that is, the equality of the two sexes, men and women, should not inhibit, in any way, the understanding and recognition of their uniqueness and mutual enrichment.
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June 22, 2018

38th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Clustered ID with WG on transnational corporations and human rights

The Holy See Delegation has continuously recalled the necessity of an appropriate regulation of the activities of Transnational Corporations, guided by an ethical approach that can ensure a decent standard of living realized through respect of human dignity, rather than a mere economic interest. Businesses make a contribution to the community by fostering the special dignity of human work. Employment, just like business, is a noble and essential vocation, it is “part of the meaning of life on this earth, a path to growth, human development and personal fulfilment”.
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June 21, 2018

38th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking

Trafficking in persons constitutes the largest manifestation of modern slavery and “a shocking offence against human dignity and a grave violation of fundamental human rights”. In our globalised and interconnected world, with more than 900 million people on the move, this transnational crime has developed as a lucrative business, taking advantage of conflict, misery, corruption, lack of education and the struggle for a better future. Albeit the number of trafficked men is rising, women and children represent the biggest part of victims, often sold by their relatives and forced into marriage, sex or labour.
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June 20, 2018

338th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – ID with the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

The Holy See Delegation shares some of the concerns outlined by the Special Rapporteur in his Report, in particular regarding children on the move and detention, which can never be in their best interest. Offering asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and victims of trafficking in persons an opportunity to find peace requires a strategy combining four actions: welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating.
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June 20, 2018

38th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women

The Delegation of the Holy See takes note of the report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, an issue that continues to be one of the greatest human rights concerns of our time. Despite the progress achieved, violence against women and girls, in its different forms and various contexts, remains a grave scourge at every level of society.
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June 20, 2018

72nd Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Program

The Holy See greatly appreciates the High Commissioner’s determination and diligence in protecting the criteria for determining refugee status in accord with the 1951 Geneva Convention and the related 1967 Protocol. The urgency of this matter was repeatedly mentioned during the consultations related to the proposed Global Compact for Refugees. The Holy See has full confidence that the High Commissioner and his staff can and should respect the dignity, human rights, and diverse needs of each and every refugee boy, girl, woman and man, without introducing new and confusing categories of “diversities”.
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June 19, 2018

38th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education

The Holy See wishes to reaffirm that every human being has an inalienable right to an education, which aims at the formation of the human person in the pursuit of his/her ultimate end and of the good of the societies of which he or she is a member, and in whose obligations, as an adult, he or she will share.
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June 14, 2018

Panel 1: “Means to build peace within and between societies. Equality and non-discrimination, justice and the rule of law and freedom of fear and want (Article 2 of the Declaration on the Right to Peace)”

Since “everyone has the right to enjoy peace” all States must strive to fulfil their solemn duty and responsibility to find paths to a sustainable peace, which is the fruit of justice, engaging in “dynamic, participatory process[es] where dialogue is encouraged and conflicts are solved in a spirit of mutual understanding and cooperation…”.
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June 13, 2018

Fifth Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees Program of Action – Part III.B “Areas in need of support

The Holy See welcomes and supports the emphasis of the Draft on education, health, and the promotion of decent work. In line with the overarching objective of “leaving no-one behind”, it is important that refugees are not put on “hold” or “standby” but, rather, that they be offered hope and positive expectations through access to opportunities leading toward their integral development.
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June 12, 2018

Fifth Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees Program of Action – Part III.A “Mechanisms for burden- and responsibility-sharing

Changing refugee situations require flexible and tailored approaches to offer a future to people who have been forced to flee as well as to support the States and communities that generously host them.

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June 12, 2018

Fifth Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees Introduction – Part I

Changing refugee situations require flexible and tailored approaches to offer a future to people who have been forced to flee as well as to support the States and communities that generously host them. While the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) is not intended to serve as a legally binding instrument, it contains action-oriented commitments that can be considered as morally binding on the international community as a whole.
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June 11, 2018

Protection and promotion of human rights of older persons Panel 2 “Role of the family in providing long-term care and support to older persons

In order to promote and protect the enjoyment of human rights by older persons and to foster their dignity and well-being, society must overcome what Pope Francis calls the “throw-away culture ”. A healthy and balanced society, will ensure and enable supportive environments for people in old age where they, in turn, become in the first-person agents of development for all.
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June 6, 2018

65th Session of the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board General Debate

The Holy See strongly emphasises the intrinsic connection that exists between economic reasoning and ethical reasoning. Unfortunately, this connection has broken down in many areas of the international financial system and financial sectors, again reinforcing tendencies towards the growing influence of large corporations and abusive business practices.
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June 4, 2018

107th Session of the International Labour Conference

Growing global economic and power imbalances, increasing demographic, social and environmental challenges and persistent cyclical financial instability do not only demand continuous reflection and debate by policy makers and leaders at all levels, but also their sustained and continuous commitment. The ILO, with its unique tripartite structure, its competence and longstanding experience, remains one of the most significant actors to address the challenges of its social justice mandate in the future.
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May 25, 2018

71st World Health Assembly – Committee A: Agenda Item 12.3: Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030): Early Childhood Development

The Holy See Delegation shares many of the concerns and observations considered in the report of the Director-General: including efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage; to improve specific data related to the health of women, children, and adolescents; to end violence against women and children; and to revise child health policies and programs to extend their range from infancy to 18 years of age. Moreover, the Holy See cannot accept the contradictory claim that promotion of so-called “safe abortion” is a means to “protect” the human rights of women and girls, when, in fact, abortion denies the unborn child his or her most basic right – to life itself.
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May 23, 2018

71st World Health Assembly

The efforts to advance health for all people must take account of the essential nexus between environment and health, which involves also the management of environmental determinants of health. The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change.
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May 18, 2018

Twenty-Eighth Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

The Holy See, therefore, once again “calls for the courage to say ‘yes’ to encounter and ‘no’ to conflict: ‘yes’ to dialogue and ‘no’ to violence; ‘yes’ to negotiations and ‘no’ to hostilities; ‘yes’ to respect for agreements and ‘no’ to acts of provocation; ‘yes’ to sincerity and ‘no’ to duplicity. All of this takes courage, it takes strength and tenacity”.
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May 9, 2018

Fourth Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees Statement 3 – Programme of Action: Areas in need of support

The Holy See agrees with the critical importance of adopting policies that allow refugee children to access quality education from the early stages of their displacement, in order to help protect them from human trafficking, forced labor and other forms of slavery. Schools are a form of protection where the safety of children can be monitored and fostered.
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May 9, 2018

Fourth Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees Statement 2 – Programme of Action: Areas in need of support

Access to education and healthcare inspires hope among refugees and greatly contributes to restoring their dignity. Notwithstanding its non-binding legal nature, the Global Compact on Refugees will have a strong morally binding character. The Delegation of the Holy See considers it important to assure that this document aims at truly improving the lives of millions of refugees who continually seek international protection and at assisting those local communities that generously host them.
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May 8, 2018

Fourth Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees Statement 1 – Programme of Action: Mechanisms for burden- and responsibility-sharing

The Holy See Delegation wishes to reiterate the importance of keeping an all-inclusive and integrated approach throughout the whole Draft, with a focus on the centrality of the human person. A holistic approach remains, indeed, the best way to detect and overcome harmful stereotypes, to avoid stigmatizing anyone in respect to a few specific aspects, and to take into account all dimensions and fundamental aspects of the person.
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April 30, 2018

Second Preparatory Committee of the 2020 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Non-proliferation and disarmament are not only ethical responsibilities but moral and legal obligations toward all members of the human family. As we move towards the 2020 Review Conference, the Delegation of the Holy See hopes that these positive developments will contribute to a general “awakening of consciences”, inspiring additional effects that solidify the international efforts towards integral nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, through universal and unconditional adherence to, and implementation of, the letter and spirit of the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the entry into force of the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty, as well as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
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April 23, 2018

Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development

The Delegation of the Holy See views the current discussion on the Right to Development as a timely dialogue within the United Nations, having regard to the widening economic and social gap between the “haves” and “have-nots”. The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development represents an “important sign of hope” through which the international community committed itself to effective measures to eradicate the root causes of those dire problems that too many people in the world are still facing. The centrality of the person, in its individual dignity and collective solidarity, is the essential component to be preserved and mainstreamed in all of the economic and political decisions on every level. This twofold principle undergirds the right to development and certainly applies to every sector of life.
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April 23, 2018

Second Preparatory Committee of the 2020 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons, create a false sense of security. The tragic illusion of a “peace” based on fear is superficial at best. People aspire to true peace, which is the opposite of fear. This desire “is one of the deepest longings of the human heart. It is rooted in the Creator who makes all people members of the one human family.
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April 18, 2018

Second Session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on E-commerce and the Digital Economy

The world economy is increasingly influenced by digital technologies. Despite the significant advantages of such advances, there remains the potential and severe risk of profound negative consequences with regard to industrial organization, skills development, production and trade. Appropriate regulatory frameworks are required. Information technology and the digital economy, including e-commerce, are new trends that will have an impact not only upon global trade but also on development. The digital economy is expanding in multiple ways.
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April 13, 2018

Side Event on the occasion of the International Day of Mother Earth

The current world situation encourages us to consider that different yet equally important perspectives are ever more intertwined and complementary: the richness of faith and spiritual traditions, the significance of business and scientific developments, as well as the concrete efforts at various levels of both government and civil society, are all necessary for attaining an equitable and sustainable development.
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April 11, 2018

Third Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees Statement 3 – Solutions

The Global Compacts “need to be inspired by compassion, foresight and courage, so as to take advantage of every opportunity to advance the peace-building process. Only in this way can the realism required of international politics avoid surrendering to cynicism and to the globalization of indifference”.
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April 10, 2018

Third Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees Statement 2: Meeting needs and supporting communities

The right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health should be exercised through non-discriminatory, comprehensive laws, policies and practices firmly rooted in the centrality of the human person and founded on the right to life. ” It would be highly regrettable to impose some measures that would cause lengthy discussions on their content while ignoring the attention due to women’s dignity and the specific cultural and moral values of their country of origin.
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April 10, 2018

Third Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees Statement 1 – Reception and Admission

As done in the previous formal consultations, the Holy See Delegation has stressed the importance for the Global Compact on Refugees to be firmly centered on the human person, urging that the dignity of each and every human person and his/her fundamental human rights should guide and underpin all aspects of the Program of Action. The Holy See stated on the importance of keeping a holistic and integrated approach throughout the whole Draft text, with a focus on the centrality of the human person. A holistic approach remains, indeed, the best way to detect and overcome harmful stereotypes.
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April 9, 2018

Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)

The Holy See recognizes the difficulties and resistance in foreseeing and fully understanding the implications of autonomous weapon systems. One thing is certainly clear: the development of LAWS will provide the capacity of altering irreversibly the nature of warfare, becoming even more inhumane, putting in question the humanity of our societies and, in any case, compelling all States to reassess their military capabilities.
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March 21, 2018

Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC)

The patenting of life forms could sometimes serve as a tool to support biotechnologies that are demanding, both from an ethical point of view and from the perspective of a “development-friendly” intellectual property system. Private monopolistic interests should not be allowed to impose themselves upon those biological resources, from which are derived the medical and basic food requirements of human life.
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March 21, 2018

Second Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees – Part III.A

In the current international situation, ways and means are not lacking to ensure that every man and every woman on earth can enjoy living conditions worthy of the human person. The Holy See trusts that the efforts […] will lead to results worthy of a world community growing ever more interdependent and grounded in the principles of solidarity and mutual assistance.
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March 20, 2018

Second Formal Consultations towards a Global Compact on Refugees – Part I

The Delegation of the Holy See expects that the Global Compact on Refugees will make a difference in alleviating the stories of pain and in supporting the stories of hope among those caught in a desperate search for a more secure and dignified existence.
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March 5, 2018

37th Session of the Human Rights Council Annual Full Day Meeting: Rights of the Child

Children require heightened attention, by all members of the human family who must share the responsibility to protect and help them to enjoy their God-given human dignity. In fact, as remembered by Pope Francis, “a people that does not take care of its elderly, its children and its youth have no future, because it abuses both memory and promise”.
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March 2, 2018

37th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

The common good is the aim to which all States, and by extension the international community, aspire. It can be determined and achieved only through an inclusive process of dialogue and in seeking the true meaning of the fundamental rights and freedoms of every human person, whose intimate nature is to seek the truth and celebrate it in the religious experience.
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February 28, 2018

the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council High-Level Panel: 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The UDHR represents a fundamental act through which peoples, states and international institutions affirm that the “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” The Holy See believes it to be of the utmost importance that the international community and governments should focus their policies and activities on the protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms of every person and community.
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February 28, 2018

37th Session of the Human Rights Council on Report of the Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of human rights

Human rights criteria for evaluating foreign debt can be an important tool for moving development from a narrow “economic” understanding to one based on integral human development. The Holy See again raises its concern with the so-called, “vulture funds” that take advantage of economies in distress.
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February 13, 2018

First Formal Consultations towards a Global Compact on Refugees

The Zero Draft acknowledges the generous and admirable responses of those local families and communities that, in spite of their own hardships, have kept their borders and hearts open to welcome refugees. These societies ought to receive tangible and prompt support from the international community. In fact, without solidarity, it would be impossible to assure refugees “the widest possible exercise of their fundamental rights and freedoms” to which they are entitled.
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February 9, 2018

“3rd Dialogue on Faith, Peacebuilding & Development: Advancing Peace through Interfaith Harmony”

The concern that it bears for each person and for the whole of humanity is the only interest that the Holy See defends in the framework of its diplomatic action and on the international scene. It has no commercial or military interests to defend or to pursue, but serves rather the interests of the person, of every person. This way it places itself at the service of the Common Good of the whole human family, reminding that our differences are not an obstacle to dialogue, but rather a vital source of encouragement in our common desire to know the Truth.
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January 24, 2018

142nd Meeting of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization Agenda Item 4.5: Improving access to assistive technology

The Holy See Delegation recognizes the urgent need of more than a billion people who would benefit from one or more assistive products, as part of their medical treatment. It further highlights the limited access to such devices, especially for people living in low-income countries or even for poor people living in high- and middle-income countries. The report produced by the Secretariat underlines the need for more research and development in particular on basic, low-technology products that could be more readily accessible, affordable, and acceptable to all people.
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January 22, 2018

142nd Meeting of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization – Agenda Item 4.3: Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030

The Holy See delegation shares many of the concerns and observations considered in the report of the Director-General: including efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage. The Holy See raises serious concerns, however, about the inclusion of an item on so-called “safe abortion” in the report and in the Global Strategy in general. The Holy See does not consider abortion or abortion services to be a dimension of reproductive health or reproductive health care.
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December 12, 2017

11th session Ministerial Conference – Buenos Aires

The world is still facing, however, an unequal global distribution of resources and opportunities; today, we are better positioned to take concrete actions that can address inequality between and among countries and peoples. In 2015, world leaders agreed on how to situate better the international community to address some of the most pressing global challenges. Adhering to principles such as equity, inclusiveness, common but differentiated responsibility, special and differential treatment, less than full reciprocity and the right to development, is crucial to strengthening the role of developing countries in the global economy. Our action in a multilateral trade normative system should contribute toward the realization of common aspirations to achieve prosperity, dignity and a better planet for all.
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November 30, 2017

108th Session of the Council of the International Organization for Migration

While it is important to respect the legitimate interests of States, Pope Francis encourages that migration be regarded with confidence, as an opportunity to build peace and not as a threat, “within the limits allowed by a correct understanding of the common good”. He urges that all those fleeing from conflict, hunger, discrimination, persecution, extreme poverty, natural disasters and environmental degradation be received and protected. In this regard, Pope Francis appeals to the political community, civil society, and religious institutions to join forces in offering a shared response to the complexities of the modern migration phenomenon. This is summarized in a document that the Holy See has submitted as an official contribution to the processes leading to the two Global Compacts with four verbs: to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate.
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November 28, 2017

Special Session

As a matter of fact, since ancient times, sport has been seen as a way to help the human person to mature and develop, since it has the potential to moderate human instinct and the capacity to gather people together towards a common goal, promoting integration, solidarity, and peace. Furthermore, sports have universal appeal and the ability draw people from diverse cultures and backgrounds together in friendly competition. Thus, sport has the potential of helping overcome individualism and selfishness, leaving space for the logic of brotherhood and unity, the only elements capable of authentically promoting the common good, at all levels.
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November 22, 2017

Meeting of High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects (CCW)

As Pope Francis recently recalled: “Despite the praiseworthy attempt to lessen, through codification of humanitarian law, the negative consequences of hostilities on the civilian population, all too often we receive, from various theatres of war, evidence of atrocious crimes and grave offences against individuals and their dignity, perpetrated with utter disregard for the most elementary consideration of their humanity. The flexibility of the CCW and its “open-door” nature for further developments in IHL must take into account adequately the nature of “modern armed conflicts and the physical, moral and spiritual sufferings that accompany them”. This is the mandate of the CCW. Reinforcing and respecting the rules of IHL are its contribution to a culture of dialogue and peace. The CCW is efficacious to the degree that this mandate is truly fulfilled.
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November 15, 2017

5th Thematic Discussion towards a Global Compact on Refugees

As recent emergencies have demonstrated, there is a constant increase in the number of people fleeing their countries of origin because of conflicts, violence, persecution, political repression, human rights violation, climate change, natural disasters and extreme poverty. The source, intensity, and interplay of these factors vary from place to place, but there is a tragic common denominator: millions of people forced to leave their homes, their livelihoods, their families and their countries, often risking their lives in search for safety, peace and a life of dignity.
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November 14, 2017

4th Thematic Discussion towards a Global Compact on Refugees

The securing of borders and the wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers should not be considered mutually exclusive priorities but rather mutually reinforcing and, indeed, beneficial. Defending the inalienable rights of refugees, “ensuring their fundamental freedoms and respecting their dignity are duties from which no one can be exempted. Protecting these brothers and sisters is a moral imperative which translates into adopting juridical instruments, both international and national, that must be clear and relevant.
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November 13, 2017

Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)

A stark reality, particularly evident in weaponry, is that such rapid advances have often outpaced thoughtful developments in human responsibility, values, conscience and international humanitarian law. The historical experience of regulations or prohibitions of certain weapons best illustrates this reality. Tragically, the international legal frameworks came too late and only after grave human tragedies had taken place.
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November 7, 2017

Le rôle des religions dans le renforcement de la paix mondiale

His Excellency Mgr. Ivan Jurcovič holding his Statement within the International Seminary entitled: The Role of Religions in promoting world peace expressed the concern about the increase of violence across the globe due to political and economic interests. His Excellency stressed on the number of casualties in conflicts: 90% are civilians. Peace is not only absence of war but is a process in which human dignity is fully respected and the integral development of every person and people is pursued. In every part of the World different religions, different men and women of good will work to promote this concept of peace. The path to peace is made of concrete actions such as disarmament both nuclear and conventional, and through the solidarity and cooperation between rich and poor countries.
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October 25, 2017

Statement at the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Respect to Human Rights

There is a need of international cross-border enforcement, including broader and strengthened laws, giving broad legal rights to bring actions that can hold companies that violate human rights accountable in their home countries. Soft law—the establishment of norms of the kind reflected in the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights—are critical; but they will not suffice..
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October 19, 2017

Statement at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Council

In an era of digitization and globalization, the needs of developing countries are even more critical. Access to knowledge goods, both to enrich human resources and facilitate economic growth, is an indispensable requirement for the international system. Developing countries have a role to play by actively implementing limitations and exceptions in a manner that best suits their domestic needs, especially the need to stimulate local creativity. In this sense, the efforts of developing countries to make greater use of flexibilities, limitations and exceptions to intellectual property to advance public policy objectives could represent a tremendous step forward
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October 18, 2017

Panel 2: “How can we support the inclusion of refugees in national systems and services?”

While it is important to share the responsibility and burden of refugee reception and resettlement and to rightly stress what States are doing for refugees, it is also fair to ask ourselves: what are refugees doing for the host communities?
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October 17, 2017

Panel 3: “How can we support receiving States to identify persons in need of international protection?”

When faced with large-scale situations it is important that receiving countries, especially developing ones, be given timely support to scale up or establish appropriate procedures to ensure that those with international protection needs are duly recognized. In this regard, the Delegation of the Holy See wishes to stress that international protection has to be seen as a dynamic and actionoriented function, rather than an abstract concept, aimed at safeguarding the dignity and safety of persons.
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October 17, 2017

Panel 2: “How can we support States to receive large numbers of refugees in a safe and dignified manner?”

The generous and admirable responses of those countries that, in spite of their own hardships, have kept their borders and hearts open to welcome refugees, ought to receive tangible and prompt support from the international community.
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October 12, 2017

Statement at the 6th Thematic Session on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, Panel I: “Irregular Migration and Regular Pathways”

The enormous number of people on the move is a tangible sign of increasing inequalities, socio-economic imbalances and unregulated globalization. Beyond the political and legal aspects of irregular situations, we must not lose sight of the human face of migration. Indubitably, every State has the sovereign right and responsibility to regulate the movement of people and should do so with a clear system of migration laws. The approach to migration in all of its aspects, including irregular migration, should begin first and foremost from the perspective of the human person, and his or her fundamental rights as such
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October 3, 2017

Statement at the 68th Session of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The noble goals set by the 1951 Refugee Convention are progressively being eroded. Existing rights in refugee law are no longer honored because of security concerns and, as a consequence, the adoption of stricter acceptance policies impacts dangerously on the safety of refugees and inevitably leads to increased smuggling..
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October 2, 2017

Statement at the 57th Series of Meetings of the WIPO Assemblies

The main goal of the international community in developing a fair regime of intellectual property rights should aim toward the good of all and the pursuit of more equitable international relations, especially regarding poorer and more vulnerable people.
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September 27, 2017

Statement at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council, Enhanced interactive dialogue on the High Commissioner’s report on the human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Delegation of the Holy See remains seriously concerned by the deteriorating socio-economic and humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The situation is further aggravated by the economic and budgetary crisis severely affecting the population, because of the lack of food, of medicines and of the risk of the outbreak of epidemics. Especially vulnerable are women, children and those with disabilities.
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September 25, 2017

Statement at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council Panel discussion on impact of racial discrimination on Human Rights of Women and Girls

It is increasingly urgent, nowadays, to recognize and attribute full respect to every person, to their dignity, identity, history and tradition. The Holy See reaffirms its strong condemnation of all forms of racial discrimination against all persons, and in a particular way against women, whose active presence in society provides an irreplaceable value in political, economic and social life.
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September 20, 2017

Statement at the the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council on “Indigenous Peoples”

The Holy See maintains that the problematic relation between some transnational companies and indigenous groups, especially in the area of extractive industries, needs to be addressed. It is essential that the voice of these peoples is heard and protected at the level of national and international debates.
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September 14, 2017

Statement at the 64th General Debate UNCTAD Trade and Development Board

Achieving inclusive growth and development requires policies aimed at reducing inequality in income and assets; fostering social dialogue, particularly among workers and employers; promoting social justice and reducing vulnerabilities. Accordingly, it is also worth recognizing that economic activities function not only through the self-regulation of markets, but they should also be at the service of persons. Any development and growth strategy should aim at the promotion of the human person and the primacy of his/her work.
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September 12, 2017

Statement at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council on the Report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences

Trafficking in persons for labour and sexual exploitation in the private economy generates an estimated US$ 150 billion in illegal profits per year. The irregular employment or migration status of some migrant workers make them particularly vulnerable to exploitation and creates barriers to them seeking legal redress.It is necessary to involve individual countries taking measures not only to prosecute traffickers and persecutors but also to take measures to protect victims.
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September 12, 2017

Statement at the 64th UNCTAD Trade and Development Board High-level dialogue: Is the world integrating or disintegrating?

Regional Trade Agreements and multilateralism must be centred on the integral development of all human beings. Economic policies must respect the dignity of every person and negotiations must promote the common good.UNCTAD can play a fundamental role in shaping a new spirit in global trade relations.
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September 11, 2017

Statement at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council, Item 3 – Special Rapporteur on Water and Sanitation

Water-related challenges need to engage all stakeholders: international, regional, national, local, public and private, and civil society. Management decisions that impact the distribution of water must also respond to the criterion of justice. The human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation must be promoted in such a way that existing inequalities are reduced to the greater wellbeing of the least advantaged.
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September 4, 2017

Statement at the 7th Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions

Since the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) entered into force, through the combined contributions and synergies between different stakeholders, it has achieved important progress and made a real difference in the world.The Holy See remains firm and determined to contribute to the success of this humanitarian challenge. We appeal to all States outside the Convention to consider joining the global efforts and our common goal in building together a more humane, more secure and more cooperative world.
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July 19, 2017

Statement at the International Dialogue on Migration Panel 4: “– Integration and social inclusion as a means of addressing and mitigating migrant vulnerabilities”

Integration of migrants in host countries is neither assimilation nor incorporation. It is a two-way process, rooted essentially in the joint recognition of the other’s cultural richness: it is not the superimposing of one culture over another, nor mutual isolation, with the insidious and dangerous risk of creating ghettos. In this two-way process, migrants “are duty bound not to close themselves off from the culture and traditions of the receiving country, respecting above all its laws”.
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July 18, 2017

Statement at the IOM International Dialogue on Migration Panel 1: “Understanding migrant vulnerability: concepts, drivers, protection frameworks and gaps”

In addressing the vulnerabilities of migrants, the Holy See wishes to reiterate the importance of developing and implementing a holistic and integrated approach firmly centered on the human person and his/her dignity. Such an approach remains, indeed, the best way to detect and overcome harmful stereotypes, to avoid stigmatizing anyone in response to certain personal or social characteristics.
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July 10, 2017

Statement at the Thematic discussion 1 Global Compact on Refugees “Past and current burden- and responsibility-sharing arrangements”

The Global Compact on Refugees should aim at delivering “agreements” built on the long-standing values and principles, already articulated by States and thus enshrined in international instruments related to mass movements of refugees. To this end, as Pope Francis has appealed, our shared response should “be articulated by four verbs: to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate”
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July 4, 2017

Statement at the 26th Standing Committee on Patents Item 5 – Patent and health

Access to affordable medicines no longer represents a challenge just for the Least Developed and other developing countries; it has also become an increasingly urgent issue for developed countries.The challenge of developing and implementing effective and equitable policy measures for innovation and access to meet public health needs is dynamic in nature, evolving with disease burden, progress in technology and diversification of innovation systems. Adaptive solutions will be needed to address changing and diversified needs.
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June 23, 2017

Statement at the ECOSOC Humanitarian Segment Explanation of Position on the resolution entitled “Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations”

Although the Holy See acknowledges the particular risks that women and children face in humanitarian emergencies contexts and their specific and integral needs regarding access to basic healthcare, essential obstetric services, sanitary and food security, the Holy See cannot accept as an appropriate solution those services that provide and/or promote abortion.
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June 21, 2017

Statement at the the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 10: Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

Given the dramatic and continuous deterioration of the humanitarian and human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Holy See expresses its deeply concern for the grave, widespread and apparently planned attacks against the civilian population, religious institutions and faith based organizations, particularly in the Kasai region.
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June 19, 2017

Statement at the Third Thematic Session on the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration Panel 1: “International cooperation and governance of migration in all its aspects”

The scale of migration movements is such that only a systematic, comprehensive and active cooperation between States, civil society, international organizations and the private sector can be effective in adequately managing such movements. It is a moral imperative that we are all united in preventing smugglers and human traffickers from taking advantage of people in desperate and vulnerable situations.
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June 13, 2017

Statement at the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – General Debate

the importance of spiritual care in helping persons living with, or affected by, mental health problems. Spiritual care should not be confused with, or mistaken by, so-called “faith healing” to the exclusion of medical, psychological, and social assistance. Spiritual care is an important component of “… integral care, that considers the person in his entirety, and that unites… the human body, with its psychological, social and spiritual dimension…”
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June 12, 2017

International Labour Conference Statement at the 106th Session of the International Labour Conference

TThe future of work that we would like to see will be the result of our common efforts to realize a common vision. In shaping this product we should not forget that work is instrumental for the integral development of the human being. Work fulfils three basic human needs in our societies: the wish to develop capabilities, the need to interact with others and the need to earn one’s sustenance.
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June 9, 2017

Statement at the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council “Panel discussion on unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents and human rights”

Too often, migrant children easily end up at the lowest levels of human degradation, with their hope and future destroyed.The Holy See reiterates its strong appeal to protect the dignity and fundamental rights of every person and to implement, without reserve, humanitarian law, principles and policies in response to people on the move, especially unaccompanied children: they must be considered children first and foremost, and their best interest must be a primary consideration in all actions concerning them.
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June 8, 2017

Statement at the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

The fight against poverty calls us to deeper commitments and concrete acts of solidarity, aiming to design and implement projects truly focused on the common good, which emphasizes the cooperation and participation of all local, national, regional, and global stakeholders.
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June 6, 2017

Statement at the 35th session of the Human Rights Council Item 3- Independent Expert on International Solidarity

For the wellbeing of our human family and the promotion and protection of the common good there is an urgent need to recognise the role of international solidarity as an essential element for the enjoyment of fundamental human rights by all. International solidarity implies the participation of individuals in decision-making processes and, in particular, the recognition of the principle of subsidiarity.
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May 23, 2017

Statement at the 70th World Health Assembly

The current and emerging global health challenges call for better health systems that are capable of delivering effective and affordable interventions for prevention and treatment to all, especially those in greatest need, those in extreme poverty and the most disadvantaged in our societies, including migrants and refugees, who represent a vexing sign of our times.
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May 9, 2017

Statement at the First Thematic Consultation on the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration Panel 3: “All forms of discrimination, including racism, xenophobia and intolerance”

The availability of clear, neutral, and disaggregated data and information on migrants, free from partisan and political interests, must be promoted at both the international and national levels. The “cherry-picking” of information which perpetuates sensationalism and negative stereotypes can hide the truth lying behind the decision to move, which, too often, is prompted by extreme poverty, famine, natural and man-made disasters, violence, and persecution
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May 8, 2017

Statement at the First Thematic Consultation on the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration Panel 1: “Human Rights of all Migrants”

The only way we can be successful in improving the global governance of migration is by shaping a far-sighted and people-centered Global Compact which hinges on migrants as the active protagonists. The outcome of the negotiations on this Compact truly will serve as the litmus test of fraternity and solidarity among the family of nations over and above any political divisions or geographical borders.
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March 14, 2017

Statement at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 4 – Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic

The Holy See reiterates its solidarity with the Syrian people and especially with the victims of violence, and encourages the international community to embrace the perspective of victims. Six years of senseless slaughter expose once again the illusion, and the futility, of war as a mean to settle disputes.The unjust suffering of the innocent victims of this senseless slaughter should motivate all involved parties to engage in a serious dialogue and to work towards a future of peace and justice.
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March 10, 2017

Statement at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – General Debate “Access to Medicines”

In relation to pursuing of the double goals of access to medicines and necessary medical innovation, policy coherence is fundamental for effective, sustainable and equitable progress towards universal health coverage and improved health outcomes for all.In order to promote human dignity and to adopt policies rooted in a human rights approach, we need to confront and remove barriers, such as monopolies and oligopolies, lack of access and affordability and, in particular, both overwhelming and unacceptable human greed.
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March 7, 2017

Statement at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on on the Issue of Human Rights Obligations Relating to the Enjoyment of a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment

The degradation and loss of biodiversity can reinforce existing patterns of discrimination and thus undermine the right to an adequate standard of living, which touches the rights to adequate food, to water and sanitation, and to health.There is an asymmetric distribution of the cost and benefits of this situation, which is a direct result of an economic view that takes into account only the immediate profits and ignores the cost of the related damages resulting from such strategies.
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March 6, 2017

Statement at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

The commitment of the Holy See “to protect, to defend, to promote religious freedom”, the “first human right”, for all people, regardless of their respective religion or belief, remains both strong and determined. The Holy See firmly believes that every human person has a “transcendent dignity [that]… must be acknowledged and protected as a universal good
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March 3, 2017

Statement at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3 – Special Rapporteurs on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

“Tending “to those in need takes strength and tenderness, effort and generosity in the midst of a functionalistic and privatized mindset which inexorably leads to a ‘throwaway culture’. To care for individuals and peoples in need means taking responsibility for the present with its situations of utter marginalization and anguish, and being capable of bestowing dignity upon it”
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March 1, 2017

Statement at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3 – Biennial High-Level Panel on “The Death Penalty”

More humane measures are available to address crime, ensuring the victim the right to justice and giving the criminal the chance to reform. Moreover, this will facilitate the development of a more just and fair society, fully respectful of human dignity.
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February 9, 2017

Statement at the 2nd Dialogue on Faith, Peacebuilding & Development

When analyzing the situations of tension and conflict that have emerged during recent years in the international scenario, a dangerous temptation is to place them in the prospective of the clash of civilizations.Religions are called to build a culture of encounter and peace, based on patience, understanding, and humble, tangible steps. Dialogue among religious traditions can greatly contribute to shape the human conscience, a moral patrimony widely shared which expresses a universal ethical message.
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January 31, 2017

Statement at the 140th meeting of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization

The Holy See recognizes the urgency of greater attention and action to promote the health of migrants.The Delegation of the Holy See urges WHO, UNHCR, IOM, and other relevant agencies to advocate for greater attention and action to safeguard and protect the health of migrants and to include practical, accountable, and sustainable plans to achieve this aim within the Compacts on Refugees and on Migrants.
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January 30, 2017

Statement at the 140th meeting of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization

The number of deaths that result from the use of psychoactive drugs, the level of drug-attributable disease burden, and the incidence of HIV infections as well as hepatitis B and hepatitis C caused by injecting drugs present compelling evidence that this situation has reached “alarming proportions”. A comprehensive and cooperative approach is required and should include the strengthening of capacity in health and social services, as well as cooperation with justice, education, and law enforcement sectors
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January 26, 2017

Statement at the 140th meeting of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization

Neither human life nor the human person can ever be treated as an object to be manipulated or as a disposable commodity.The Holy See Delegation is keenly aware of the severe lack of available donations and that, in some cases, only ten per cent of the identified needs can be satisfied.
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December 14, 2016

Statement at the 26th Special Session of the Human Rights Council “On the Human Rights Situation in South Sudan”

The consequences of the conflict are seen most clearly in the suffering of the South Sudan population. About 2.3 million people, the clear majority being women and children, continue to be displaced from their homes within the country, and some 600,000 have sought refuge in neighboring countries, about 70 per cent of these being unaccompanied minors. Estimates show that between 5 and 7 million people are facing food shortages.
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December 12, 2016

Statement at the Fifth Review Conference of the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects (CCW)

International security and peace are best achieved through the promotion of a culture of dialogue and cooperation, not through an arms race. Civilians always bear the highest price of war while the weapons industries profit from it. Until this unfortunate logic is changed, it is incumbent upon us to reduce at least the human suffering caused by armed conflicts.
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December 7, 2016

Statement at the UNAIDS Program Coordinating Board

Access to affordable medicines no longer represents a challenge just for the Least Developed and other developing countries; it has also become an increasingly urgent issue for developed countries. A fundamental responsibility of the international community is to ensure that all people have affordable and sustainable access to life- savings medicines.
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December 6, 2016

Statement at the 107th Session of the IOM Council

The number of people on the move in search of better opportunities, often fleeing from conflicts, famine, religious persecution, climate change and natural disasters, continues to increase incessantly.Migration, integration and development are interdependent and mutually reinforcing phenomena. The great contribution of migrants becomes real and effective when they are recognized as partners in economic development, when their human rights are respected
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December 5, 2016

Statement at the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board

The world still face an unequal global distribution of resources and opportunities, but today we are better placed to take concrete actions that can address the inequalities between and among countries and peoples.It is time to embrace a transformative shift to translate declarations into actions, and commitments into achievements.
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November 8, 2016

Statement at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Council

The Report of the High-Level Panel represents a point of departure from which we could start to discuss remedies and correct the misalignments and policy incoherencies between the individual and corporate rights of inventors, innovators or manufacturers and broader human rights.
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November 7, 2016

Statement at the 8th Review Conference Biological Weapons Convention

The very nature and purpose of the BWC framework offers a chance to underline and understand the direct link between disarmament and development, and their mutually reinforcing relationship.
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October 21, 2016

Statement at the 25th Special Session of the Human Rights Council

The political, social and economic, complexity underlying the situation in Syria, which also concerns the stability of the Middle East and beyond, must not be a barrier for the International Community to address urgently the pressing need of finding a solution through diplomatic dialogue.
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October 4, 2016

Statement at the 67th Executive Committee Meeting of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The Holy See, while assuring its firm commitment to work with all interested parties to assist the needs of refugees and migrants, reiterates a strong appeal for the implementation of the existing provisions contained in the Refugee Convention
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October 3, 2016

Statement at 56th Series of Meetings of the WIPO Assemblies

The entry into force of Marrakech Treaty represents a strong signal that multilateralism not only is alive, but that it can serve well as an effective system for the concrete implementation of the common good through the responsible involvement of all parties in any negotiations undertaken
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September 16, 2016

Statement at the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council- item 3- the Interactive Dialogue on Human Rights to water and sanitation

Water management should be based on a participatory approach, involving users, planners and policy makers at all levels. Both women and men should be involved in managing water resources and sharing the benefits that come from sustainable water use.
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September 14, 2016

Statement at the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council Independent Expert on the Rights of Older Persons

Older persons enrich society and their positive and constructive presence in society is valued. The elderly are a source of wisdom and a great resource. The quality of a society, of a civilization, may also be judged by how it treats its elderly and by the place reserved for them in communal life.
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July 19, 2016

Statement at the XIV UNCTAD Ministerial Conference

The Holy See strongly supported the original aspiration of UNCTAD which aimed at creating a global trading system supporting the development of poor countries: a system able to promote the rebalancing of international economic relations to promote justice and equity, to promote social progress and better standards of life in greater freedom.
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June 30, 2016

Statement at the Special Session of the IOM Council

The Delegation of the Holy See express its gratitude to the Director General for his determined efforts in successfully arriving to this historical agreement between the United Nations and the International Organization for Migration .
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June 29, 2016

Statement at the Intenational Conference in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace

There is a strong nexus between religion and diplomacy, between faith-based “informal diplomacy” and the formal diplomacy of States and multilateral bodies. Strengthening this nexus could make a strong positive contribution to the overall effort to achieve peace for all Israelis and Palestinians, and for all the inhabitants of the region.
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June 28, 2016

Statement at the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council Panel on the Use of Sport and the Olympic Ideal to Promote Human Rights for All

The Holy See encourages the practice of sports to build bridges between peoples, nations and continents as well as in the society and, as long as it is practiced with respect for human dignity, it is a strong tool to create a more inclusive global society.
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June 23, 2016

Statement at the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council General Debate – Item 5

It is always necessary to place the human person, with his or her dignity, at the centre, countering the dynamics that tend to relativize what is important and place money at the apex. When money becomes the end as well as the motive of every activity and of every venture, then the utilitarian perspective and brute logic – which do not respect people – prevail. This results in the widespread collapse of the values of solidarity and respect.
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June 16, 2016

Statement at the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council

Women have a specific vocation in the human society and they must be encouraged to embrace the opportunity to uphold the dignity of life through their involvement in education and their participation in political and civic life. They can and should develop their unique “capacity for the other” for, without their voice, the social fabric of society would be weakened..
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June 14, 2016

Statement at the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Special Rapporteur on Migrants

“We are called to promote a culture of dialogue by every possible means and thus to rebuild the fabric of society. The culture of dialogue entails a true apprenticeship and a discipline that enables us to view others as valid dialogue partners, to respect the foreigner, the immigrant and people from different cultures as worthy of being listened to. Today we urgently need to engage all the members of society in building ‘a culture which privileges dialogue as a form of encounter’ and to create ‘a means for building consensus and agreement while seeking the goal of a just, responsive and inclusive society’ (Evangelium Gaudium, 239).”
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June 2, 2016

Statement at the 105th Session of the International Labour Conference

The Holy See wishes to reaffirm its interest in contributing to the dialogues on the future of work in the context of the 100th Anniversary of the Organization. We look towards the continuation of this process with the hope that people, workers, their families and their communities be placed at the centre of future sustainable development and decent work policies, as recommended by the Philadelphia Declaration (1944).
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April 11, 2016

Statement at the Informal Expert Meeting on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (CCW)

We must be cautious about the research and development of LAWS. Now is the time to prevent LAWS from becoming the reality of tomorrow’s warfare. The CCW should make a courageous decision of prohibiting lethal autonomous weapons like it did in the past concerning other types of weapons.
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December 17, 2015

24th Special Session of the Human Rights Council on Burundi

The present crisis, and the obstacles to the exercise of human rights in this country, evoke past tensions that have affected this and other countries in the Great Lakes region. Those tensions, like their tragic consequences, have never been adequately addressed despite subsequent recovery and reconciliation initiatives.
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December 16, 2015

10th Session of the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization

As recalled by Pope Francis in his recent visit to U.N.O.N.: “while recognizing that much has been done in this area, it seems that we have yet to attain an international system of commerce which is equitable and completely at the service of the battle against poverty and exclusion. Commercial relationships between States, as an indispensable part of relations between peoples, can do as much to harm the environment as to renew it and preserve it for future generations.”
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December 8, 2015

132nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

The Holy See Delegation shares the concern expressed in the conceptual document for this Conference, that “[w]e is confronted today with a hugely complex humanitarian operating environment.” The current series of never-ending conflicts is bringing about increasingly difficult and tragic consequences. In a way, we face “a true world war fought piecemeal”, which affects numerous areas in our world in different forms and to varying degrees of intensity.
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December 7, 2015

Council of the World Trade Organization

The Holy See is confident that, in Nairobi, a sense of responsibility and solidarity with the most disadvantaged will prevail, so that narrow interests and the logic of power will be set aside. In this regard, in his recent address to the U.N.O.N., Pope Francis affirmed that “while recognizing that much has been done in this area, it seems that we have yet to attain an international system of commerce which is equitable and completely at the service of the battle against poverty and exclusion.
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November 24, 2015

106th Session of the Council of the International Organization for Migration

Migrants constitute an invitation to look anew at international relations and at our solidarity as a single family of nations, so that unjust inequalities and violence may not disrupt peaceful coexistence. Migrants can be builders of bridges among cultures, bringing their contribution in hard work, energy and new ideas.
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November 12, 2015

Meeting of the States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects

In a deteriorated international context, armed conflicts and security tensions on all continents are the cause of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees, destruction, misery and unspeakable suffering. International structures, institutions, treaties and conventions, which are supposed to prevent or at least mitigate the consequences of these tragedies, seem paralyzed.
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November 9, 2015

9th Conference of High Contracting Parties to Protocol V of the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects.

The legacy of the present conflicts should not make whole populations hostage of the explosive remnants of war and abandoned weapons. A serious implementation of Protocol V will help to keep a glimpse of hope to prevent additional victims. It is of great importance that Protocol V be an effective element making possible reconstruction, reconciliation and development once conflicts are over.
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November 6, 2015

World Trade Organization’s Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights Council Geneva

The Delegation of the Holy See hopes that the consensus reached on the proposal of extension represents an important sign by the World Trade Organization, especially in anticipation of the next Ministerial Conference in Nairobi. The Holy See Delegation remains confident that a sense of common responsibility, as shown in the decision adopted, will bring us all to support such an extension as an accelerated step toward the human and economic progress of LDCs.
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October 27, 2015

International Dialogue on Migration – Migrants and Cities: New Partnerships to Manage Mobility

“The multicultural character of society today… call us to deepen and strengthen the values needed to guarantee peaceful coexistence between persons and cultures. Achieving mere tolerance that respects diversity and ways of sharing between different backgrounds and cultures is not sufficient… a more decisive and constructive action is required, one which relies on a universal network of cooperation, based on safeguarding the dignity and centrality of every human person.
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October 8, 2015

66th Session of the Executive Committee of UNHCR

“Europe will be able to confront the problems associated with immigration only if it is capable of clearly asserting its own cultural identity…. Only if it is capable of adopting fair, courageous and realistic policies which can assist the countries of origin in their own social and political development and in their efforts to resolve internal conflicts – the principal cause of this phenomenon – rather than adopting policies motivated by self-interest, which increase and feed such conflicts. We need to take action against the causes and not only the effects.”
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October 5, 2015

55th Series of Meetings of the WIPO Assemblies

Through both private and public investments, we continue to see incredible scientific advancement in the understanding and use of biological resources, the applications of which hold great social value and potential to improve the lives of people, particularly in the medical, pharmaceutical, and agricultural fields. To continue incentivizing such innovations and to spread the benefits of these innovations widely, just legal frameworks for intellectual property protection play an essential role.
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September 22, 2015

30th Session of the Human Rights Council: Annual Half-Day Panel Discussion on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Holy See advocates a unitary approach of law that is structured on the basis of fundamental human rights. According to that vision, the value of justice in any set of enactments has to be measured by the possibility of perpetuating it and reconciling it with such human rights.
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September 16, 2015

330th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3: Independent Expert on the Rights of Older Persons

The International Community is called “to patiently build a more diverse, more welcoming, more humane, more inclusive society that does not need to discard those who are weak in body and mind. On the contrary we need a society which measures its success on how the weak are cared for.”
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September 15, 2015

330th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3: Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery.

It is necessary for the International Community to cast off the relativistic culture where one person takes advantage of another, treating others as mere objects, imposing forced labor on them or enslaving them to pay their debts. We must overcome the “globalization of indifference” to their plight, transforming it through a renewed sense of solidarity and fraternity.
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September 7, 2015

1st Review Conference of the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

As it has always been from the beginning of the Oslo process, the Holy See is firm and determined to contribute to the success of this humanitarian challenge. The work is far from being completed. We all need to make the right decisions in order to prevent the dangers of cluster munitions. We owe it to the victims of the past and to prevent further victims.
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June 30, 2015

29th Session of the Human Rights Council: Panel on the Effects of Terrorism on the Enjoyment by All Persons of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

The Holy See is deeply convinced that terrorism, especially those forms that derive from religious extremism, must be confronted with concerted political efforts by all players, especially by all the local and regional parties involved, as well as by the major international players, whose role is indispensable in negotiating and finding a viable solution, diplomatic or otherwise, to protect life and the future stability of the regions touched by terrorism.
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June 24, 2015

63rd Meeting of the Standing Committee of the UNHCR

The present situation is also producing asylum-seekers who are not protected by existing juridical instruments. For example, Pope Francis writes in his new encyclical on the care of our common home (Laudato Si’): “There has been a tragic rise in the number of migrants seeking to flee from the growing poverty caused by environmental degradation. They are not recognized by international conventions as refugees; they bear the loss of the lives they have left behind, without enjoying any legal protection whatsoever.”
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June 19, 2015

29th Session of the Human Rights Council:Full-Day Discussion on the Human Rights of Women

The Holy See Delegation remains optimistic that the international community will continue to strive to promote the human rights of women from an approach that is truly worthy and deserving of the human person. Much progress has already been made as witnessed by the growing number of women in important political and social roles such as Presidents, Heads of Government, Ministers, Members of Parliament, Ambassadors and many other professional positions. “There is no doubt that we must do far more to advance women, if we want to give more strength to the reciprocity between man and woman. In fact, it is necessary that woman not only be listened to more, but that her voice carry real weight, a recognized authority in society.”
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June 19, 2015

2015 Humanitarian Segment of the Economic and Social Council

The sense of solidarity developed by the international community has to be preserved and applied and made more relevant and responsive to new situations. To solve disputes, the way forward is dialogue to prevent the scourge of war and the tragic consequences for the people affected.
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June 15, 2015

29th Session of the Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Migrants

The multilateral system, and immigration countries in particular, have not yet succeeded in effectively managing migration. While much generosity in receiving asylum seekers and migrants has been evident, a long-range immigration strategy is still lacking. The consequence, in Pope Francis’ words, is abdication of responsibility because “leaving our brothers on boats to die… is an attack against life”.
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June 4, 2015

104th Session of the International Labour Conference

Pope Francis: “We can no longer trust in the unseen forces and the invisible hand of the market. Growth in justice requires… programs, mechanisms and processes specifically geared to a better distribution of income, the creation of sources of employment and an integral promotion of the poor…” .
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May 20, 2015

68th Assembly of the World Health Organization

The Holy See delegation wishes to note the importance and the timeliness of the theme for the general discussion. The recent Ebola outbreak was a human and public health tragedy, which, among others, showed that the need to build resilient health systems cannot be over emphasized, as they are essential for the provision of universal health coverage and for a prompt response to outbreaks of disease.
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April 1, 2015

23rd Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the Situation of Human Rights in Nigeria – Boko Haram

The Holy See encourages an international collaborative effort to address this crisis situation with urgency so as to prevent the extension of Boko Haram and other terrorist groups and their strategy of inflicting suffering on the local people and to destabilize Africa even further.
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March 26, 2015

28th Session of the Human Rights Council on the situation in Ukraine

The Holy See holds that the full adherence of all parties to the provisions of said Agreements is a prerequisite for all further efforts to improve the humanitarian and human rights situation in the affected territories, by, first of all, bringing an end to the loss of human life, acts of violence and other forms of abuse.
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March 17, 2015

28th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 4: Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic

Peace in Syria and the Middle East is the priority for healthy growth of all children. With conviction, during his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Pope Francis stated: “May the violence cease and may humanitarian law be respected, thus ensuring much needed assistance to those who are suffering! May all parties abandon the attempt to resolve issues by the use of arms and return to negotiations. A solution will only be found through dialogue and restraint, through compassion for those who suffer, through the search for a political solution and through a sense of fraternal responsibility.”
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March 13, 2015

28th Session of the Human Rights Council

Efforts to build a better future for all are frustrated. We witness a situation where violence, religious and ethnic hatred, fundamentalist radicalism, extremism, intolerance, exclusion, destruction of the social fabric of whole societies and communities are becoming the features of a non-viable political and social model, endangering the very existence of many communities, the Christian community in particular.
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March 11, 2015

28th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3: Report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

Several mutually interdependent issues like freedom of religion, freedom of expression, religious intolerance, violence in the name of religion, come together in the concrete situations the world faces today. The way forward seems to be the adoption of a comprehensive approach that would consider these issues together in domestic legislation and deal with them in such a way that they may facilitate a peaceful coexistence based on the respect of the inherent human dignity and rights of every person.
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March 9, 2015

28th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3 – Human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment

As pope Francis stated in different circumstances: “Even if ‘nature is at our disposition’, all too often we do not ‘respect it or consider it a gracious gift which we must care for and set at the service of our brothers and sisters, including future generations’. Here too what is crucial is responsibility on the part of all in pursuing, in a spirit of fraternity, policies respectful of this earth which is our common home.”
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March 6, 2015

28th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 1: Full-Day Discussion on Human Rights & Climate Change

The Holy See hopes as well that the pledged contributions to the Green Climate Fund will continue to increase so as to enable the most vulnerable nations to mitigate, and adapt to, the effect of climate change more effectively. Finally, the continuing and deepening collaboration and engagement of civil society and the private sector is a welcome sign.
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March 4, 2015

28th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 1: The Question of the Death Penalty

The Holy See Delegation fully supports the efforts to abolish the use of the death penalty. In order to arrive at this desired goal, these steps need to be taken: 1) to sustain the social reforms that would enable society to implement the abolition of the death penalty; 2) to improve prison conditions, to ensure respect for the human dignity of the people deprived of their freedom.
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February 18, 2015

2015 Humanitarian Segment of the Economic and Social Council

TThe Holy See urges a creative and innovative approach, with full use of the flexibilities allowed under the Trade Related Intellectual Property instruments, so that the right to health for all people without any form of discrimination can be fully guaranteed and implemented.
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December 9, 2014

Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

This Delegation is aware that the goal of a world without nuclear weapons is not easy to achieve. For this, all energies and commitments are necessary. They are even more necessary in this time of international tensions. The role of churches and religious communities, civil society, academic institutions are vital to not let hope die, to not let cynicism and realpolitik take over.
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December 8, 2014

MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS ON THE OCCASION OF THE VIENNA CONFERENCE ON THE HUMANITARIAN IMPACT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Nuclear weapons are a global problem, affecting all nations, and impacting future generations and the planet that is our home. A global ethic is needed if we are to reduce the nuclear threat and work towards nuclear disarmament.
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December 3, 2014

3rd Forum on Business and Human Rights: High-level discussion on strengthening the links between the global economic architecture and the business and human rights agenda

“There are numerous people, especially immigrants, who, compelled to work “under the table”, lack the most basic juridical and economic guarantees.”
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December 2, 2014

Right to Development anniversary: “Sustainable Development with Dignity and Justice for All – Realizing the Right to Development for Present and Future Generations”

Sustainable Development Goals must be formulated and carried out with generosity and courage, so that they can have a real impact on the structural causes of poverty and hunger, attain more substantial results in protecting the environment, ensure dignified and productive labor for all, and provide appropriate protection for the family, which is an essential element in sustainable human and social development.
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November 25, 2014

105th Session of the Council of the International Organization for Migration

States and International Organizations, together with civil society, have the responsibility to devise and implement migration policies, strategies and agreements to make more humane the experience of migration in its old and new forms and thus ensure its benefits for all.
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November 13, 2014

Meeting of the States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects

With growing urbanization of the world population, the tendency of urban wars will increase. How to protect the civilian populations? What should we do to safeguard civil infrastructures, indispensable for the livelihood of large communities? Is the current international humanitarian law sufficient?
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November 10, 2014

8th Conference of High Contracting Parties to Protocol V of the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate

Wars and armed conflicts are always a failure of politics and of humanity. IHL should keep this essential human dimension to make coexistence possible nationally and internationally. When the international community fails to preserve peace, it should not accept a second failure.
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October 7, 2014

International Dialogue on Migration of the International Organization for Migration: Migration and Families.

As Pope Francis recently stated, “it is necessary to respond to the globalization of migration with the globalization of charity and cooperation, in such a way as to make the conditions of migrants more humane. At the same time, greater efforts are needed to guarantee the easing of conditions, often brought about by war or famine, which compel whole peoples to leave their native countries.”
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October 1, 2014

65th Session of the Executive Committee of UNHCR: General Debate

As Pope Francis emphasizes: “It is necessary to respond to the globalization of migration with the globalization of charity and cooperation, in such a way as to make the conditions of migrants more humane. Solidarity with migrants and refugees must be accompanied by the courage and creativity necessary to develop, on a world-wide level, a more just and equitable financial and economic order, as well as an increasing commitment to peace, the indispensable condition for all authentic progress.”
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October 1, 2014

Message of H.E Cardinal Peter Turkson on behalf of H.H. Pope Francis, World Trade Organization Public Forum

Dismantling protectionist measures and outlawing unfair preferences can help to create a more level playing field, including for the world’s poorest countries. Still, the successes of modern business activity, including international trade, “even if they have reduced poverty for a great number of people – this is the great concern of Pope Francis – have often led to widespread social exclusion.”
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September 30, 2014

High-Level Segment of the 65th Session of the Executive Committee of UNHCR: Enhancing International Cooperation, Solidarity, Local Capacities and Humanitarian Action for Refugees in Africa

Pope Francis pleads: “Above all I ask leaders and legislators and the entire international community to confront the reality of those who have been displaced by force with effective projects and new approaches in order to protect their dignity, to improve the quality of their life and to face the challenges that are emerging from modern forms of persecution, oppression and slavery.”
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September 17, 2014

27th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3: General Debate

The Holy See Delegation urges the elimination of every attempt to marginalize indigenous peoples. This means, first of all, respecting their territories and the pacts made with them; likewise, efforts must be made to satisfy their legitimate social, health and cultural requirements. Finally, we cannot overlook the need for reconciliation between the indigenous peoples and the societies in which they are living.
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September 15, 2014

227th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3: Report of the Independent Expert on the promotion and protection of human rights of older persons

Purely economic and functional approach toward elderly persons risks to create a culture where the weakest and most fragile members of society — the unborn, the poorest, the sick and elderly, the seriously handicapped, etc. — are in danger of being ‘thrown away’ from a system that must be efficient at all costs and thus impoverish society of their wisdom, experience, and enriching presence.
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September 9, 2014

27th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3: Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery

We need to break the silence about this “…open wound on the body of contemporary society…” and motivate “…men and women of good will who want to cry out, ‘Enough!’ ” Pope Francis takes each and every opportunity to denounce the “…many abominable forms of slavery [that] persist in today’s world…”
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September 8, 2014

27th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 2: On the Opening Remarks of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Among the rights listed in the opening statement, the need to protect and defend the right to religious freedom, which is clearly under attack in some parts of the world today. This is a fundamental human right based on the right of freedom of conscience. Experience shows that when this right is respected all other rights are as well.
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September 1, 2014

22nd Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in Iraq in light of abuses committed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and associated groups

As Pope Francis stressed in his letter to Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon: “the violent attacks…cannot but awaken the consciences of all men and women of goodwill to concrete acts of solidarity by protecting those affected or threatened by violence and assuring the necessary and urgent assistance for the many displaced people as well as their safe return to their cities and their homes.”
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July 23, 2014

21st Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory including East Jerusalem

The Holy See reiterates its view that violence never pays. Violence will only lead to more suffering, devastation and death, and will prevent peace from becoming a reality. The strategy of violence can be contagious and become uncontrollable.
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July 1, 2014

60th Session of the Standing Committee of UNHCR

As Pope Francis has remarked: “… I ask leaders and legislators and the entire international community above all to confront the reality of those who have been displaced by force, with effective projects and new approaches in order to protect their dignity, to improve the quality of their life and to face the challenges that are emerging from modern forms of persecution, oppression and slavery” .
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June 24, 2014

26th Session of the Human Rights Council, Item No. 8- General Debate

As Pope Francis has remarked: The family is the fundamental cell of society where the generations meet, love, educate, and support each other, and pass on the gift of life, “where we learn to live with others despite our differences and to belong to one another.”
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June 17, 2014

28th Special Session Trade and Development Board, 50th Anniversary of the establishment of UNCTAD

The Holy See strongly supported the original inspiration of UNCTAD that created a global trading system friendly to the development of poor countries. This system facilitates regional trade and corrects asymmetries between different trade partners, with special concern for trade in raw materials and food.
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June 13, 2014

26th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity

In order to fully implement this principle, all members of the human family are called “to change the … attitudes which define each individual’s relationship with self, with neighbor, with even the remotest human communities, and with nature itself; and all of this in view of higher values such as the common good or,… the full development of the whole individual and of all people.”
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June 13, 2014

226th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

As recalled by Pope Francis “A change of attitude towards migrants and refugees is needed on the part of everyone, moving away from attitudes of defensiveness and fear, indifference and marginalization – all typical of a throwaway culture – towards attitudes based on a culture of encounter, the only culture capable of building a better, more just and fraternal world” .
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June 11, 2014

26th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3: Report of the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

The Delegation of the Holy See is aware that there are no easy solutions for addressing the multifaceted and complex challenges of business and human rights, or for providing the effective remedy and accountability that victims are legitimately seeking as a matter of urgency.
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June 11, 2014

Message of Pope Francis on the occasion of the 103rd Session of the Conference the International Labour Organization

“Future sustainable development goals be formulated and carried out with generosity and courage, so that they can have a real impact on the structural causes of poverty and hunger, attain more substantial results in protecting the environment, ensure decent work for all, and provide appropriate protection for the family, which is an essential element in sustainable human and social development.”
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May 19, 2014

67th World Health Assembly

Expressing his concern about the greedy exploitation of the environment Pope Francis observed that “Even if ‘nature is at our disposition’, all too often we do not ‘respect it or consider it a gracious gift which we must care for and set at the service of our brothers and sisters, including future generations.”
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May 13, 2014

Meeting of Experts on Lethal autonomous weapons systems of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects

For the Holy See the fundamental question is the following: Can machines – well-programmed with highly sophisticated algorithms to make decisions on the battlefield in compliance with IHL – truly replace humans in decisions over life and death?
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May 8, 2014

53rd Series of Meetings of the WIPO Assemblies

The Holy See recognizes the role of the protection system of intellectual property in promoting the literary, scientific or artistic production and, generally, the inventive activity for the sake of the “common good”. At the same time, it emphasizes the ethical and social dimensions that in a unique way involve the human person and her action.
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May 5, 2014

Committee on the Convention against Torture

For the Holy See, the Interpretative Declaration provides a necessary hermeneutic to understand the motives for acceding to the Convention and also for considering the implementation of the Convention by the legal order of Vatican City State which is the very exercise we are engaging in at this moment in the consideration of the Initial Report of the Holy See to the CAT.
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March 26, 2014

25th Session of the Human Rights Council on the situation in Ukraine

One of the specific ways of giving concrete expression to the common good and human dignity at the international level is the determination of the just proportion and weight to be given to perceived national interests, given that these interests are inter-relational and may never be considered absolute.
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March 13, 2014

25th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3: Reports of the Special Rapporteurs on Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography; Violence Against Children; and Children in Armed

Pope Francis encouraged more a focused and intense attention by governments to the “scourge” of human trafficking which he labeled a “crime against humanity”, “a true form of slavery, unfortunately more and more widespread, which concerns every country, even the most developed.”
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March 12, 2014

25th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3: Report of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Religious freedom should be protected not only in order to ensure a peaceful society, but also, primarily, because the human “transcendent dignity must be acknowledged and protected as a universal good, essential to the building of societies directed toward human flourishing.”
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March 10, 2014

25th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food

Pope Francis strongly asserted that “hunger and malnutrition can never be considered a normal event to which one must become accustomed, as if it were part of the system.”
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January 22, 2014

International Conference on Syria (Geneva II)

Pope Francis: “I ask each party in this conflict to listen to the voice of their own conscience, not to close themselves in solely on their own interests, but rather to look at each other as brothers [and sisters] and decisively and courageously to follow the path of encounter and negotiation, and so overcome blind conflict.”

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January 20, 2014

20th Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the Human Rights Situation in the Central African Republic

Pope Francis: “I think above all of the Central African Republic, where much suffering has been caused as a result of the country’s tensions, which have frequently led to devastation and death … I express my hope that the concern of the international community will help to bring an end to violence, a return to the rule of law and guaranteed access to humanitarian aid, also in the remotest parts of the country.”
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December 4, 2013

9th Session of the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization

As Pope Francis urged in his Apostolic Exhortation “The need to resolve the structural causes of poverty cannot be delayed, not only for the pragmatic reason of its urgency for the good order of society, but because society needs to be cured of a sickness which is weakening and frustrating it, and which can only lead to new crises.
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November 26, 2013

103rd Session of the Council of the International Organization for Migration

The relationship between rights and development is at the heart of the migration and development dialogue. Respect for rights enhances the ability of migrants to contribute to their countries of origin and destination.
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November 26, 2013

6th Session of the Forum on Minority Issues

The political will to recognize the equal human dignity and rights of all persons opens the way to a future without discrimination and persecution for religious people and communities and to a genuine and stable democracy.
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November 14, 2013

Annual Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects

As we enter this new era of technology in warfare, it is essential that all actors stop to consider all relevant questions related to the use of drones. Respect for life, respect for human rights and avoiding dehumanisation are our collective challenge.
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October 2, 2013

64th Session of the Executive Committee of UNHCR

Pope Francis has recently said: “Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity.
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September 24, 2013

51th Series of Meetings of the WIPO Assemblies

“The protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights should contribute to the promotion of technological innovation and to the transfer and dissemination of technology, to the mutual advantage of producers and users of technological knowledge and in a manner conducive to social and economic welfare, and to a balance of rights and obligations” .
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September 16, 2013

24th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 4: Interactive Dialogue with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic

The Delegation of the Holy See encourages all parties to pursue negotiations in a constructive dialogue that may provide a ray of hope to the People of Syria and courage to move into a peaceful future.
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September 13, 2013

24nd Session of the Human Rights Council Items 2 & 3: Promotion and protection of the human rights of older persons

The quality of a society, of a civilization, may also be judged by how it treats its elderly and by the place reserved for them in communal life.”
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September 12, 2013

24th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3: Contemporary Forms of Slavery

The challenge remains the implementation of human rights treaties and recommendations so that the collaboration of Governments, the international community, the business sector and civil society may effectively advance the elimination of an evil that offends the dignity of every person.
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September 10, 2013

24nd Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3: Children and Armed Conflict

In such a pursuit, “religions can and must offer precious resources to build a peaceful humanity, because they speak of peace to the human heart.”
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July 4, 2013

High-Level Segment of the Economic and Social Council

Investing in education and innovation opens the way toward a future of greater equality and prosperity as they sustain growth, employment and distribution, but with an indispensable condition, that the human person with her dignity, aspirations and fundamental rights be placed at the centre of all policies and programs.
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June 27, 2013

Diplomatic Conference to conclude a Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities

«Spread always the culture of encounter, of solidarity, of acceptance of people with disabilities, not only by asking for just social measures, but also by promoting their active participation in the life of society» .
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June 26, 2013

UNHCR 57th Meeting of the Standing Committee of UNHCR

We note with approval the Affirmations of Faith Leaders which have been released recently as a follow up to the Dialogue. First hand reports received from the areas of conflict show how faith communities are providers of protection
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June 18, 2013

Diplomatic Conference to conclude a Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities

“The common good corresponds to the highest of human inclinations , but it is a good that is very difficult to attain because it requires the constant ability and effort to seek the good of others as though it were one’s own good. The distribution of created goods, which, as every discerning person knows, is labouring today under the gravest evils due to the huge disparity between the few exceedingly rich and the unnumbered property-less, must be effectively called back to and brought into conformity with the norms of the common good, that is, social justice”.
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June 12, 2013

102nd Session of the International Labour Conference

This can be accomplished by following the principle of subsidiarity that allows each individual and each business to be the protagonist of the development of the entire society. In this respect, given its tripartite nature, the ILO can play a decisive role. The social dimension of work needs to prevail through disinterested solidarity and the return to person-centered ethics that renew the world of work.
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June 11, 2013

Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Council at the World Trade Organization

“The protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights should contribute to the promotion of technological innovation and to the transfer and dissemination of technology, to the mutual advantage of producers and users of technological knowledge and in a manner conducive to social and economic welfare, and to a balance of rights and obligations” .
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June 7, 2013

23rd Session of the Human Rights Council Item 5: Report of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Peace

In the construction or restoration of peace, historical and contemporary examples teach us that non-violence, as a doctrine and as a method, was and remains the most appropriate way of mediation and reconciliation in order to renew human, social and political ties, in favor of the common good and a lasting peace.
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May 31, 2013

23rd Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3: Transnational Corporations and Human Rights

Corporate Social Responsibility is not only necessary because both international organizations and public opinion are increasingly demanding that private companies take a greater role in promoting well-being wherever they operate but also because it is an issue of social justice.
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May 29, 2013

23rd Session of the Human Rights Council – Urgent debate on the deteriorating situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic and the recent killings in Al Qusayr

Silencing the guns is the priority. Besides, the necessity of overcoming any pessimism toward undertaking and achieving successful negotiations should be seen against the death caused daily by the use of guns, a cost the people of Syria have already paid too much.
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May 28, 2013

23rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 3: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health

Optimal facilitation of access to medicine is a complex endeavor and deserves comprehensive analysis and acknowledgement of all factors contributing to its promotion, rather than a more restricted analysis of legal, economic, and political frameworks.
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May 27, 2013

23rd Session of the Human Rights Council Item 2: Interactive Dialogue with High Commissioner

The Human Rights Council has recognized that “religion, spirituality and belief may and can contribute to the promotion of the inherent dignity and worth of the human person.” The Christian religion, as other faith-communities, is “at the service of the true good of humanity.”
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May 20, 2013

66th World Health Assembly

Health and development ought to be integral if they are to respond fully to the needs of every human person. What we hold important is the human person – each person, each group of people, and humanity as a whole.
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March 7, 2013

18th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3: Contemporary Slavery

Pope John Paul II, in a Letter on the occasion of the International Conference on “21st Century Slavery – the Human Rights Dimension to Trafficking in Human Beings,” stated that human trafficking “constitutes a shocking offense against human dignity and a grave violation of fundamental human rights.
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March 7, 2013

22nd Session of the Human Rights Council “Annual full-day meeting on the rights of the child”

Despite evidence that treatment is very successful in children living with HIV, even in resource-limited settings, there remain significant obstacles to expanding access for children living with HIV to such life-saving and life-enhancing treatment.
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March 6, 2013

22nd Session of the Human Rights Council 3: Report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

Religious freedom is also a duty, a responsibility to be fulfilled both by individuals and religious groups. The recognition of the religious freedom of individuals and social groups implies that they should act by the same standards of the freedom they enjoy and such a condition justifies their presence as important and authentic actors in the public square.
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January 23, 2013

132nd WHO Executive Board, re: EB 132/ Conf. Paper. /1 “Draft Resolution on Implementation of the recommendations of the Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children”

When conception already has occurred, the substances used in “emergency contraception” produce an abortifacient effect.
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November 30, 2012

101st Session of the Council of the International Organization for Migration

The Holy See would like to recall that beyond being considered an additional strain to host communities, migrants are a resource for our societies. Besides the new and rich values and perspectives they are contributing, migrants sustain the economy through their work.
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November 15, 2012

High-Level Segment of the 24th Meeting of the States Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

Environment – notably ozone layer protection and related actions – entails a shared responsibility toward the entire human family, especially the poor and the future generations.
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November 12, 2012

6th Review Conference of the States Party to Protocol V of the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects

This is the challenge for all of us to make protocol five effective in protecting the civilian populations from the consequences of explosive weapons during conflicts and after the conflicts have ended. The civilians should not have to pay twice for the absence of a secure, free and peaceful environment.
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October 2, 2012

63rd Session of the Executive Committee of the UNHCR

As armed clashes persist and new uprooted people are obliged to seek survival in exile and in precarious conditions of physical and psychological suffering it becomes our common responsibility to search and apply more creative and concrete forms of solidarity and protection.
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October 1, 2012

50th Series of Meetings of the WIPO General Assemblies

In any undertaking of thought and action, in every scientific, technical or juridical approach, intellectual property is called to respect creation both in the area of knowledge and discovery and in the recognition of the nature of things: matter, intellect, living beings, and, above all, the human person.
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September 24, 2012

21st Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 8: “Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action”

The Holy See wishes to point out the role of parents in educating their children in authentic human love as self-giving in communion and friendship with God and others through the exercise of authentic freedom and respect for one’s own body and those of others.
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September 17, 2012

21st Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 4: Interactive Dialogue with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic

The people of Syria and the Middle East deserve support and solidarity in their moment of need. The promotion of all human rights is an effective and indispensable strategy for the success of their struggle for peace and social conviviality.
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September 13, 2012

21st Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery

The Social Doctrine of the Church, about family and marriage: “The family has its foundation in the free choice of the spouses to unite themselves in marriage, in respect for the meaning and values of this institution that does not depend on man but on God himself”.
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September 10, 2012

21st Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 2: Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights

“The accompaniment of the full safeguarding of religious freedom and other humans rights by programmes which, beginning in primary school and within the context of religious instruction, will educate everyone to respect their brothers and sisters in humanity.”
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July 3, 2012

20th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 8: Freedom of Religion

We encourage every State to ensure, protect and promote the legitimate right of people to have, practice and to express their own religion or belief freely and without any type of coercion and violence and without the constant fear of becoming victims of anti-religious attacks that destroy their fundamental human rights.
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June 26, 2012

54th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Executive Committee of the UNHCR on International Protection

Persons fleeing their home leave because of fear and desperation. But more importantly, their decision is an act of faith and hope that the solidarity of the human family and the actions of the international community will continue to witness and provide compassion and support that will enable them to enjoy again their human rights and a normal existence.
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June 26, 2012

the 20th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3: “Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women”

The Holy See reaffirms the intrinsic truth of the equal dignity of men and women and therefore the necessity to eliminate any discrimination and violence against women.
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June 22, 2012

20th Session of the Human Rights Council – – Item 3: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants

Pope John Paul II wisely observed that the moral and social attitude of interdependence is solidarity. It “is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all .”
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June 11, 2012

20th Session of the Human Rights Council: Report on Guiding Principles on Foreign Debt and Human Rights

Sovereign debt cannot be viewed as an exclusively economic problem. It affects future generations a well as the social conditions that allow the enjoyment of human rights of vast numbers of people entitled to the solidarity of the whole human family.
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June 7, 2012

101st Session of the International Labour Conference

Good decisions are necessary in order to move toward a post-crisis phase of the globalization of the economy and of work. But only a corresponding “ethical interaction of consciences and minds”
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May 21, 2012

65th World Health Assembly

Pope Benedict XVI asks “international agencies to acknowledge them and to offer them assistance, respecting their specific character and acting in a spirit of collaboration.”
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April 21, 2012

13th Ministerial Conference of UNCTAD

John Paul II reminded us that work “…is not only good in the sense that it is useful or something to enjoy; it is also good as being something worthy, that is to say, something that corresponds to man’s dignity, that expresses this dignity and increases it.” A working man becomes…“more a human being. ”
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March 23, 2012

19th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3 – Adequate Housing

The Holy See also recommends ensuring, particularly in the “Forced Evictions” cases, that re-locations be put in practice taking into account the mandatory value of families’ unity.
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March 14, 2012

19th Session of the Human Rights Council: Rights of persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities

The foundation upon which all existing communities in a State can cooperate constructively for the common good is well articulated in the Declaration, which affirms the “inherent dignity and worth of the human person…[and] the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small…, without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion”
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March 8, 2012

19th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3: “Violence against Children”

It has insidiously infiltrated all elements of society and most often occurs within the family, the local neighborhood, and the child’s immediate social circle. It must honestly be acknowledged and effectively prevented in order to safeguard the safety and the physical and emotional health of children who, in turn, constitute the future of society.
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March 7, 2012

19th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 3: Panel Discussion on Discriminatory Laws and Practices and Acts of Violence against Individuals based on their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The Holy See Delegation condemns discrimination and violence against any human person, including those who are so targeted because of perceived sexual differences.
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March 1, 2012

19th Session of the Human Rights Council – High Level Segment

Greater social justice provides fertile ground for the implementation of all human rights. Religions are communities based on convictions and their freedom guarantees a contribution of moral values without which the freedom of everyone is not possible.
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February 28, 2012

19th Session of the Human Rights Council – Urgent Debate on Syria

The Holy See remains convinced that regional and multilateral organizations are an important instrument in promoting peace and stability in the world, an instrument which is ever more valuable in times of crisis, and for that reason welcomes the various initiatives in favour of peace through the path of dialogue and reconciliation.
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December 17, 2011

8th Session of the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization

The human family has not been created to serve the market, but the market, to serve the human family. If this principle is respected, even though times are difficult, fear will give way to hope.
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December 7, 2011

1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness

In the area of forcibly displaced people, this ethical approach can open a way to a future when all human rights are fully accorded to refugees and the right of any human being to run for his or her life is acknowledged and respected.
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December 6, 2011

100th Session of the Council of the International Organization for Migration

Migration becomes a test for the respect and implementation of human rights especially when policies are centered on control and national security, forgetting the equally important security of the persons on the move across the planet.
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December 5, 2011

100th Session of the Council of the International Organization for Migration

For this reason, operational collaboration appears an important and even necessary way to facilitate the convergence of all available energies in order to help uprooted people of all kinds through joint or delegated programs and through regular sharing of information.
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December 2, 2011

18th Special Session of the Human Rights Council on Syria

The Authorities and all the citizens to spare no effort in the search for the common good and in the acceptance of legitimate aspirations for a future of peace and stability.
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December 1, 2011

130th Session of the Executive Board, World Health Organization, Agenda Item 6.4, 16 “Early marriages, adolescent and young pregnancies”

Re-affirming that human life begins at the moment of conception and that life must be defended and protected, the Holy See can never condone abortion or policies that favour abortion.
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November 28, 2011

31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

To look in a new light at victims of cluster bombs, mines and other weapons; to renew concern for refugees and displaced persons; to enact generous forms of solidarity with all victims of disasters, catastrophes and conflicts and thus fulfil the aspiration for unity of the human family.
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November 14, 2011

the 4th Review Conference of the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects

This institution has many strengths and there is still time to make the CCW a tool to promote international humanitarian law in the field of conventional arms control.
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October 4, 2011

62nd Session of the Executive Committee of the UNHCR

Refugees are not anonymous numbers but persons, men, women and children with individual stories, with talents to offer and aspirations to be met.
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September 27, 2011

49th Series of Meetings of the WIPO General Assemblies

The universal destination of goods represents the sum total of social conditions which allow social groups and their individual members to arrive at their own fulfilment. The common good, however, is realized if solidarity prevails. In our globalized world, an equitable relationship with others is a must since we are all really responsible for all.
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September 16, 2011

18th Session of the Human Rights Council on the Thematic study on the realization of the right to health of older persons

The Holy See “exhorts scientists and doctors to undertake research to prevent and treat illnesses linked to old age without ever ceding to the temptation to have recourse to practices that shorten the life of the aged and sick, practices that would turn out to be, in fact, forms of euthanasia.”
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September 15, 2011

18th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3 “Practices in adopting a human rights-based approach to eliminate preventable maternal mortality and human rights”

The Holy See expresses the firm hope that the international community will succeed in reducing maternal morbidity and mortality by promoting effective interventions that are based on deep and abiding values as well as on scientific and medical knowledge and that are respectful of the sacredness of life from.
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September 14, 2011

18th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3: Contemporary Slavery

To counteract the scourge of trafficking of women and children with greater determination and more concrete results, a convergence of efforts is necessary: a mentality that is centred on the unique dignity of every person, a sure punishment of traffickers, fight against corruption, a correct teaching in schools of the mutual relations between man and woman.
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June 6, 2011

17th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 5

The Holy See looks at this new Optional Protocol to the Convention of the Rights of the Child to provide a communication procedure as an opportune contribution to strengthening the human rights system.
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June 3, 2011

17th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3: General Debate

The constructive and welcome engagement of all stakeholders in international economic and commercial matters will help to achieve an integral development and solidarity which is grounded in a vision of the future that guarantees an equitable distribution of resources and is responsive to the interdependence of people.
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May 9, 2011

4th United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

The Holy See anticipates a new Programme of Action for the LDCs for the coming decade. Now is the time to translate into concrete action the commitments that have been made in these days. The future wellbeing of the LDCs depends to a great extent upon the spirit of gratuitousness that motivates our common efforts.
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March 22, 2011

16th Session of the UN Human Rights Council – Item 8: General Debate

People are being attacked for taking positions that do not support sexual behaviour between people of the same sex. When they express their moral beliefs or beliefs about human nature, which may also be expressions of religious convictions, or state opinions about scientific claims, they are stigmatised, and worse — they are vilified, and prosecuted.
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March 10, 2011

16th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3: Interactive Dialogue

Education and freedom of religion can reinforce each other. A fair presentation of different beliefs can prevent the stereotyping of other people’s convictions, can open to dialogue and to respect of the inalienable dignity of every student, of every believer and of every person.
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March 8, 2011

116th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3

With a concerted and determined action sustained by the ethical conviction that the human family is one and must move forward in solidarity, urban and rural populations together, the right to food can be implemented for every person.
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March 2, 2011

16th Session of the Human Rights Council – General Segment

As His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI stated in addressing the diplomatic corps, religious freedom is “the fundamental path to peace. Peace is built and preserved only when human beings can freely seek and serve God in their hearts, in their lives and in their relationships with others.”
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February 25, 2011

15th Special Session on the Situation of Human Rights in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

Let us pray that peace may soon prevail and allow a renewed society to look with hope to a future where human rights and the innate dignity of every person are respected.
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November 29, 2010

99th Session of the Council of the International Organization for Migration

All, belong to one family, migrants and the local populations that welcome them, and all have the same right to enjoy the goods of the earth whose destination is universal.
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November 25, 2010

Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

After what number of dead, wounded and disabled can we talk about unacceptable military behavior? After how many destructions of infrastructures, livelihood sources and traumas, can we begin to say that the balance is broken?
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October 5, 2010

61st Session of the Executive Committee of the UNHCR

Awas it possible also to consider unreported cases of refoulement and ‘push-back’ to unsafe countries, we would be face-to-face with a protection deficit of considerable proportion? All of us need to reflect seriously and remain engaged in how to give priority to people even though protection space is shrinking.
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September 28, 2010

15th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 9

Religion has taken up greater visibility in the public arena in recent years. A widely spread anti-religious attitude, however, favors some manifestations linked to discrimination and prejudice.
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September 21, 2010

48th Series of Meetings of the WIPO General Assemblies

The raison d’être of the protection system of intellectual property is the promotion of literary, scientific or artistic production and, generally, of inventive activity for the sake of the “common good”.
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September 16, 2010

15th Session of the Human Rights Council: Interactive Dialogue on Human Rights

The distribution of water is traditionally among the responsibilities that fall to public agencies, since water is considered a public good. If water distribution is entrusted to the private sector it should still be considered a public good…. Without water, life is threatened. Therefore, the right to safe drinking water is a universal and inalienable right”.
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June 22, 2010

48th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Executive Committee of the UNHCR

Pope Benedict XVI on the occasion of World Refugee Day 2010: “ Refugees wish to find welcome and to be recognized in their dignity and their fundamental rights; at the same time, they intend to offer their contribution to the society that accepts them.
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June 14, 2010

14th Session of the Human Rights Council: Maternal Mortality Panel

The Holy See’s approach to Maternal Mortality is holistic, since it gives priority to the rights of mothers and child, both those already born and those awaiting birth in the womb of the mother.
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June 10, 2010

99th Session of the International Labour Conference

Good decisions are necessary in order to move toward a post-crisis phase of the globalization of the economy and of work. But only a corresponding “ethical interaction of consciences and minds” will give rise to integral development where the human person is at the centre of labour relations, confident to journey toward a better future.
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June 8, 2010

14th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3: General Debate

“The search for the greatest possible human development… and with a strong belief that “[t]his ethical perspective [is] based on the dignity of the human person and on the fundamental rights and duties connected with it …”
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June 8, 2010

Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Council at the World Trade Organization

“Exclude from patentability inventions, the prevention within their territory of the commercial exploitation of which is necessary to protect order public or morality, including to protect human, animal or plant life or health or to avoid serious prejudice to the environment”.
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June 2, 2010

14th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3: Interactive Dialogue on Human Rights and Foreign Debt

The debt of the developing countries must be placed in a broader context of economic, political, human rights and technological relations concerns as well as of international collaboration in pursuing the objectives of the common good.
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June 1, 2010

14th Session of the Human Rights Council – Urgent Debate on the Israeli raid on the flotilla sailing to Gaza

The Holy See has previously stated, it is always opposed to the use of violence from whatever side it may come. Violence makes even more difficult the search for peaceful solutions, the only ones that can build a future of constructive coexistence.
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May 17, 2010

63rd World Health Assembly

“The ecological crisis offers an historic opportunity to develop a common plan of action aimed at orienting the model of global development towards greater respect for creation and for an integral human development inspired by the values proper to charity in truth.”
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March 23, 2010

13th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 9: Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, follow up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

The Delegation of the Holy See, on the other hand, is also convinced that a good road leading to peaceful coexistence is a more positive attitude towards religions and cultures.
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March 12, 2010

13th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3: General Debate

The Holy See calls upon States to respect and promote the right to freedom of religion in all its aspects, through national legislation, including appropriate sanctions against violators to eradicate impunity effectively.
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March 10, 2010

13th Session of the Human Rights Council: “Annual full-day meeting on the Rights of the Child”

Prevention is the best medicine, and this begins with education and promoting a culture of respect of the human rights and human dignity of every child, and especially through the implementation of efficient methods for the recruitment of school personnel.
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March 3, 2010

13th Session of the Human Rights Council

We can modify the rules that govern the financial system to serve concrete change, to move away from old habits of greed that led to the present crisis, and to promote effective integral development and the implementation of human rights since “the primary capital to be safeguarded and valued is the human person in his or her integrity.”
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December 1, 2009

7th Session of the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization

But there is an additional step that ensures success in the long run, the inclusion of the dimension of gratuitousness and the logic of gift as an expression of fraternity and involvement of the entire human family both as a protagonist of development and as the primary objective of trade and economic activity.
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November 23, 2009

98th Session of the Council of the International Organization for Migration

“The more we strive to secure a common good corresponding to the real needs of our neighbors, the more effectively we love them… In an increasingly globalized society, the common good and the effort to obtain it cannot fail to assume the dimensions of the whole human family.”
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September 30, 2009

12th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 9: Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance

In the new digital arena, much can be achieved by encountering and knowing the traditions and values of each other, by creating a new mentality of understanding and respect, and by searching together for truth, goodness and beauty.
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September 29, 2009

60th Session of the Executive Committee of the UNHCR

Forced displacement flows, and asylum-seeking and by formulating new and equitable development and conflict-prevention frameworks that can effectively do away with involuntary uprooting of people in the future.
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September 22, 2009

12th session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic social and cultural rights, including the right to development

We believe that such work is laying the ground work for States and the international community to concretely reduce economic and social disparities, too often a cause of violations of human dignity and human rights.
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September 18, 2009

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Trade and Development Board, 56th Session

Solidarity and responsibility are the pillars by which, we believe, it would be possible to build a new paradigm of economic development, one that is centred on the unconditional value of the human person.
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July 20, 2009

Humanitarian Affairs Segment of the U.N. Economic and Social Council

Guiding principles of assistance both in natural and human-made disasters need to be implemented but before all, we must put at the centre of all our interventions the person and his/her material, psychological and spiritual needs.
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July 9, 2009

2009 High-Level Segment of the Economic and Social Council

Economic activity cannot solve all social problems through the simple application of commercial logic. This needs to be directed towards the pursuit of the common good, for which the political community in particular must also take responsibility.
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June 10, 2009

98th Session of the International Labour Conference

Labor proceeds from the person; is an inherent expression of personal identity; and ultimately finds its source of value in the richness and depth of the person: “…there is no doubt that human work has an ethical value of its own, which clearly and directly remains linked to the fact that the one who carries it out is a person”.
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May 18, 2009

62nd World Health Assembly

A common code of ethics is also needed, consisting of norms based not upon mere consensus, but rooted in the natural law inscribed by the Creator on the conscience of every human being.
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May 18, 2009

62nd World Health Assembly

The sheer numbers of those engaged in Catholic Church-sponsored health care services are most impressive; however, even more striking is the quality of care provided by them as well as their generosity and compassion toward those who are ill.
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April 22, 2009

CCW Group of Governmental Experts on Protocol V on Explosive Remnants of War

The Holy See is pleased that victim assistance becomes an essential component of several legally binding instruments such as the V Protocol, the Ottawa Convention and the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
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April 20, 2009

Durban Review Conference

“All peoples and individuals constitute one human family, rich in diversity” and that all human beings are equal in dignity and rights.
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March 16, 2009

10th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3: General Debate

Where persons are not allowed to engage in a honest discussion on the merits and/or flaws of a religion, the right to the truth is denied and the right to choose or change his/her religion or belief is seriously hampered.
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March 3, 2009

44th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the UNHCR Executive Committee of the High Commissioner Programme

At the same time, it is incumbent on everyone to address the root causes of forced displacement: a generous humanitarian response has to be matched by an equally committed political one.
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February 20, 2009

410th Special Session of the Human Right Council

Old and recent mistakes will be repeated, , if concerted international action is not undertaken to promote and protect all human rights and if direct financial and economic activities are not placed on an ethical road that can prioritize persons.
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January 19, 2009

124th Meeting of WHO Executive Board – Provisional agenda item 4.12: Human Organ and Tissue Transplantation

The field of organ transplantation, clinical research has demonstrated the therapeutic benefits of interventions utilizing adult stem cells rather than embryonic cells. This direction of research guarantees respect for the dignity of each and every human being, even at the embryonic stage.
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January 19, 2009

124th Meeting of WHO Executive Board – Provisional agenda item 4.5: Primary Health care, including health system strengthening

“Health authorities in many countries are aware that progress toward improved health outcomes … is too slow and unequal, that performance does not meet expectations, and that they are ill-prepared to respond to challenges and demands.”
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December 12, 2008

Human Rights Council Commemorative session on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Every human being has the right to an integral development and “the sacred right” to live in peace . On such premises, human rights are not just entitlement to privileges. They are rather the expression and the fruit of what is noblest in the human spirit: dignity, aspiration to freedom and justice, search for what is good, and the practice of solidarity.
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December 3, 2008

Signing of the Convention on Cluster Munitions

The best way to solve this problem is to prevent new victims and new contaminated areas. Prevention is easier than remedy and more cost effective. The Holy See appeals to all States outside the Convention to consider joining the global effort and our common determination.
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November 28, 2008

8th Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the situation of human rights in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The people of Congo, like all the people of our planet, have a “sacred right to peace” . In order to achieve a stable peace, it has to be based upon dialogue and reconciliation as peace can only be achieved through justice.
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November 24, 2008

9th Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction

If we want that there will be no more new victims, it is imperative to proceed in demining the areas affected as soon as possible. The most effective and least costly remedy is prevention.
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October 7, 2008

59th Session of the Executive Committee of the UNHCR

The creative alertness required for such solutions should move the international community to undertake new steps in protection. While juridical instruments are necessary, ultimately a culture of solidarity and the elimination of the root causes of displacement will sustain the protection system.
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September 23, 2008

48th Series of Meetings of the WIPO General Assemblies

Human ingenuity is multifaceted, resourceful and capable of finding responses to the challenges that confront the human family
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September 19, 2008

9th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 9 – Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance

The Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief, and the instruments on which it is based, could serve as a framework for a new treaty, or as a framework for developing a declaration on guidelines, standards and good practices.
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June 24, 2008

42nd Meeting of the Standing Committee of the UNHCR Executive Committee of the High Commissioner Programme

The Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief, and the instruments on which it is based, could serve as a framework for a new treaty, or as a framework for developing a declaration on guidelines, standards and good practices.
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June 5, 2008

8th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Maternal mortality and the human rights of women

“The child by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth”.
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June 4, 2008

8th Session of the Human Rights Council on the Report of the Chairperson of the Working Group on an Optional Protocol to the ICESCR

The new Protocol will fill a gap in the international human rights system. However, our work is not finished until every person will enjoy the right “to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family”
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May 30, 2008

Concluding statement, Dublin Diplomatic Conference on Cluster Munitions

The spirit of partnership has sustained the process successfully concluded, a success that was not assured when a handful of States started it. That same spirit can ensure an equally successful implementation and a hopeful future for victims and affected countries.
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May 22, 2008

61st World Health Assembly

Pope Benedict XVI has stressed also that “international action to preserve the environment and to protect various forms of life on earth must not only guarantee a rational use of technology and science, but must also rediscover the authentic image of creation.
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May 22, 2008

7th Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the negative impact of the worsening of the world food

In this complex and urgent debate on the right to food, a new mentality is required. It should place the human person at the centre and not focus simply on economic profit.
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May 19, 2008

Dublin Diplomatic Conference on Cluster Munitions

The world awaits an act of faith in the human person and his highest aspirations to live in peace and security, a commitment to make solidarity the most splendid expression of the unity of the human family and of its common destiny.
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April 20, 2008

12th Session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Although presently confronted with a slowdown of the world economy, that could trigger some fears about the future, we should however keep in mind that ultimately the human person has an innate resource in being created for the fulfilment of the common good and thus always open to the future with an outlook, not of fear, but full of hope.
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March 19, 2008

7th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 9: Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, follow up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action

Racism and intolerance should be combated through concerted practical measures. Education, that favours mutual knowledge, that builds confidence and sustains the implementation of human rights, can serve as a critical vehicle for effective dialogue.
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March 18, 2008

7th Session of the Human Rights Council – Intercultural Dialogue on Human Rights

The task then is to provide an enabling environment where the person can flourish without undue discrimination. Religious freedom, in many ways, is a symbol of this type of environment that sustains both individual persons and the community.
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March 11, 2008

7th Session of the Human Rights Council, Item 3: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

The Report gave due recognition to “health as a public good” which requires “international cooperation” on “trans-boundary health issues.”
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March 5, 2008

7th Session of the Human Rights Council

This is all the more desirable in that men today are taking an ever more active part in the public life of their own nations, and in doing so they are showing an increased interest in the affairs of all peoples.
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January 14, 2008

Group of Governmental Experts of the States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects

If the war has a grasp, peace also has one. And, in all cases, it is more modest by far. Preserving life, creating conditions for a dignified life for entire populations, ensuring security and stability at the lowest level of armaments.
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December 10, 2007

6th Session of the Human Rights Council on the beginning of the Year of Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

“To be human is to affirm one’s humanity by recognizing the humanity of others, and on that basis, to establish humane relations with any person”.
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November 27, 2007

94th Session of the Council of the International Organization for Migration

Migrants, aware of their rights, can be more secure in offering their services and talents and the receiving community, well informed and respectful of these rights, will feel freer in extending its solidarity in order to build together a common future.
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November 26, 2007

30th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

The exemplary approach of the Red Cross and Red Crescent rests on the ability to break down barriers and to build bridges across conflicting partners, aware of the common humanity binding us and that demands we move forward to the future together.
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November 21, 2007

8th Meeting of State Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, Dead Sea, Jordan

The success of our convention will be measured by our ability to respond properly also to the challenges of the rehabilitation and reintegration of all landmine victims and survivors, and thus to offer them credible hope for a better future.
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October 2, 2007

58th Session of Executive Committee of the UNHCR

Pope Benedict XVI constantly appeals that these our brothers and sisters, so badly tested by suffering, should be guaranteed asylum and the recognition of their rights, and that public authorities should offer them protection in such delicate situations of need.
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September 14, 2007

56th Session of the Human Rights Council

The appropriate social and political context within which to promote and protect all human rights, including the profession of a religion or changing or rejecting it, implies the acceptance that human rights are interrelated and that international standards should be translated into judicial and legal national provisions for the equal benefit, protection and freedom of every person.
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July 14, 2007

5High-Level Segment of ECOSOC

The Holy See has repeatedly insisted that, while the Governments of poorer countries have a responsibility with regard to good governance and the elimination of poverty, the active involvement of international partners is indispensable.
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June 25, 2007

39th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the UNHCR Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme

Critical refugee and internally displaced people situations around the world call for a renewed commitment and an active engagement on the part of the international community. It is an obvious form of solidarity within the human family.
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June 19, 2007

3Group of Governmental Experts of the States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects

It is essential to place, from now, at the center of our attention, the recognition of the fundamental value of human dignity, which should be the fundamental aspect of all efforts and all processes that seek to strengthen the international humanitarian law.
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June 13, 2007

96th Session of the International Labor Conference

Through the adoption of Decent Work as a development paradigm for the multilateral system, locally adapted and implemented in Decent Work Country Programs, workers, employers and governments, acting together, can give concrete form to this vision for a better future.
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May 17, 2007

60th World Health Assembly: item 12.6 – Report on Progress with Global Plan and Stop TB Strategy as well as pending resolution for World Health Assembly Consideration

We note the importance of close collaboration among the WHO Secretariat, WHO member states, and civil society (including faith-based organisations) in order to address this pandemic in a more holistic, integrated, and effective manner.
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May 14, 2007

60th World Health Assembly

The Holy See urges a perspective on health security that is grounded on an anthropology respectful of the human person in his or her integrity and looks far beyond the absence of disease to the full harmony and sound balance of the physical, emotional, spiritual and social forces within the human person.
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May 1, 2007

Note released by the Holy See

These are essential elements for immediately placing at the centre of our attention the recognition of the fundamental value of human dignity which must provide the foundation for all efforts and processes which seek to strengthen international humanitarian law.
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April 17, 2007

International Conference on Addressing the Humanitarian Needs of the Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons inside Iraq and in Neighboring Countries

Generous, timely and coordinated humanitarian help for all the victims of such horrific violence will achieve justice for them and will begin the indispensable process of healing their tragic condition.
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March 23, 2007

4th Session of the Human Rights Council: “To respect the children is to respect all humanity”

Children are both weakness and hope. To pursue the defence of their rights and the elimination of all forms of violence against them remains an institutional challenge for the international community.
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March 22, 2007

4th Session of the Human Rights Council

A comprehensive approach, that sees respect of religion rooted in the freedom that every human person is entitled to enjoy in a balance of rights with others and with society, appears as the reasonable way forward.
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November 20, 2006

6th Review Conference of the States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention

There are significant risks and challenges. Only our common will is able to avoid and overcome them.
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November 7, 2006

3rd Review Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

The CCW should respect its role as guardian of what is left of humanity in situations of violence and suffering. This review Conference is the occasion to recall CCW’s fundamental purpose and to draw its practical consequences.
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October 5, 2006

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Mid-term Review, Trade and Development Board, 23rd Special Session

If we truly care about persons and peoples and their development, the eradication of poverty will not remain a mirage, but a reachable goal.
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October 4, 2006

57th Session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme

With the human person and his / her dignity at the center of concern, the responsibility to protect will continue finding the creative capacity to respond in a humane and fair way to today’s new developments.
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September 21, 2006

2nd Session of the Human Rights Council

Religion and the reason for religious tolerance are rooted in the person, believer or not. Focusing on ideologies rather than on people and communities of believers carries the risk of transforming religious claims into political self-interest.
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July 5, 2006

High-Level Segment of ECOSOC

The rules of the economy and trade, the technical progress we daily witness, the political engagement for a just international order: all these are components of an enabling environment geared to safeguard the dignity and creativity of every human person and ensure a future of justice and peace for the entire human family.
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June 8, 2006

95th Session of the International Labour Conference

As Pope Benedict XVI has reminded workers on the occasion of last May 1st, the human person “is subject and protagonist of work.” In fact, work is of primary importance for any woman and man’s “fulfilment and the development of society, and this is why it is necessary that it always be organised and developed in full respect of human dignity and at the service of the common good.”
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March 8, 2006

35th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the UNHCR of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme

The Holy See hopes very much that the needed resources may be provided as a gesture of human solidarity, as an investment in peace, so that this long-uprooted population may not be forgotten.
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February 20, 2006

94th Session of the International Labour Conference

“Concern for our neighbour transcends the confines of national communities and has increasingly broadened its horizon to the whole world.”
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December 13, 2005

6th Ministerial Conference World Trade Organization

The more the rights and needs of the poor and the weak, are taken into account, the greater becomes the possibility for justice and peace in our world, indispensable conditions for sustainable development and for all alleviation of poverty.
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December 5, 2005

Diplomatic Conference on the Emblem of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

Serenity and cooperation are the means to achieve the goals of humanity. Goals that we all share here in this room.
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November 29, 2005

90th Session of the Council of the International Organization for Migration

Migrations are not just a sign of the times; they are a great resource for economic and human development, but the migrants must remain protagonists as builders of bridges among societies with the support of coherent and humane policies on the part of the international community.
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November 24, 2005

Meeting of the States Parties to the Conventions on Prohibition or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects

The Holy See is convinced that the Fifth Protocol signifies a further step along the path of the international community’s journey of concretely promoting the culture of life and of peace, based upon the dignity of the human person and the primacy of the rule of law, through a responsible, honest and consistent cooperation of all the members of the community of nations.
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October 5, 2005

56th Session of the Executive Committee of UNHCR

A more comprehensive understanding of security can provide the will to address the root causes, both political and economic, that push large numbers of people criss-crossing the globe looking for protection, survival and a decent life.
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August 4, 2005

11th Session of the Group of Governmental Experts of the States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects

The Holy See strongly supports the idea of a moratorium on the use of cluster munitions during the whole period of the proposed consultations, while awaiting to reach the adoption of an appropriate international instrument.
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June 7, 2005

93rd Session of the International Labour Conference

But protagonist of his work is the human person and safeguarding his dignity and centrality in all new realities is the best guarantee for a more just and peaceful world.
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April 1, 2005

61st Session of the Human Rights Commission Item 11 – Civil and Political Rights

“Together with religious freedom, all other freedoms develop and thrive”. Freedom of thought, conscience and religion is a right provided for by international human rights norms for individuals.
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March 22, 2005

61st Session of the Commission on Human Rights

The Delegation of the Holy See has been a constant advocate of development, supports the inclusion of social development policies in the future agenda of the Working Group as well as the comprehensive concept of development agreed at the 1995 Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development, one that is political, economic, cultural, ethical and spiritual.
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October 4, 2004

55th Session of the Executive Committee of the Program of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

It is measures like these that will help people separated from homes or their land to find a place to live that recognizes their human dignity and their right to security and peace.
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June 13, 2004

11th Session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

The role of UNCTAD, based on the three pillars of the mandate, the analysis of and research into the nexus between integration policies and social development and consensus-building and technical assistance, is once again a basic element in the achievement of the objectives which the international community has set itself.
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June 8, 2004

92nd Session of the International Labour Organization Conference

The just participation of all, individuals and states, in the building up of the future must lead to their fair share in the benefits resulting from decent work for all in the human family.
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April 8, 2004

60th Session of the Commission on Human Rights Item 14: Specific groups and individuals

A multi-pronged approach appears necessary to make human mobility a motor for progress even for its most vulnerable segments: international cooperation in the prevention and prosecution of trafficking and the rehabilitation of victims; less restrictive and more realistic immigration policies; concerted promotion of sustainable economic and social development in poor countries; a continued formation to a culture of human rights and respect of the dignity of every person.
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April 1, 2004

60th Session of the Commission on Human Rights – Item 11 – Civil and Political Rights, Sub-item (e): Religious intolerance

At the same time, in the education process at all levels respect for these rights needs to be acknowledged and communicated thereby building a culture of reciprocal respect and of a positive appreciation for diversity in an environment where all human rights can flourish.
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March 24, 2004

HRC 60th Session of the Human Rights Commission Item 7: The right to development

Provide valuable opportunities for us to learn from the experience of various segments of society while working through a convergence of opinions that could lead to a more effective promotion of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights that protect each person’s and each country’s right to development, that is one framework of integral development.
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March 22, 2004

60th Session of the Commission on Human Rights Item 6: Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and all forms of discrimination

The equal dignity of every person and of every human community provide a launching pad into the future that can stimulate the creativity of the international community to continue devising all practical measures necessary to achieve such a noble goal of eliminating all forms of racism and related intolerance and of promoting a fair and inclusive society.
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March 8, 2004

Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction: Standing Committee on Victim Assistance and Socio-Economic Reintegration

Healing entire populations of the consequences of war and armed conflicts, especially the people that have been most affected and victimized, is the best investment in building up true security and a durable peace.
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February 10, 2004

Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction: Standing Committee on Victim Assistance and Socio-Economic Reintegration

Healing entire populations of the consequences of war and armed conflicts, especially the people that have been most affected and victimized, is the best investment in building up true security and a durable peace.
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December 7, 2003

28th Conference of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent – Defend human dignity and promote humanitarian law

The dignity of the human person is at risk in other contemporary situations of forced displacement, catastrophes, and infectious diseases, all generally affecting the poorest segments of the population and especially women and children.
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December 2, 2003

concluding session of 28th Conference of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

The Holy See considers it applying to a holistic concept of health, which embraces the person in the entirety of his or her personality, mind and body, and which fosters the achievement of personal maturity in sexuality and in the mutual love and decision-making that characterize the conjugal relationship in accordance with moral norms.
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